Almora: Congress MLA Madan Singh Bisht from Dwarahat finds himself embroiled in controversy after a video emerged of him allegedly creating a ruckus and using abusive language at the residence of the director of a local engineering college. The incident reportedly stemmed from a dispute over tenders, and the video has added a new dimension to the ongoing controversy.
In light of this development, the lawmaker now faces charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 506 (criminal intimidation), 452 (house trespass to cause hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage), and 504 (insult, provocation).
The complaint was filed by the Director of Bipin Tripathi Kumaon Institute of Technology, KKS Mer. He detailed the events that transpired on Saturday night, when Bisht, accompanied by his associates, allegedly created a disturbance outside his residence. The video, which has since gone viral, captured the MLA using derogatory language towards the director, further escalating the situation.
In his complaint, Mer expressed concerns for his safety and that of his family, requesting protection from the authorities. He disclosed that prior to his arrival at his house, he had a phone conversation with MLA Bisht regarding certain tenders. During the conversation, Bisht's alleged inebriation was evident.
In response to the allegations, Bisht filed a counter-complaint, claiming that the engineering college director had violated protocol by not responding to his repeated phone calls. The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and police are yet to file an FIR based on Bisht's complaint.
In the wake of this incident, the MLA held a press conference in Dwarahat and announced his intention to stage a "fast unto death" outside the college gate if appropriate action was not taken against Director Mer. He also pledged to bring a breach of privilege motion against the engineering college director in the state assembly, accusing him of misbehavior toward a people's representative.
Bisht contended that he had raised concerns about mess employees, security personnel, and daily wage laborers working at the engineering college but had received no response from Director Mer.
The Bipin Tripathi Kumaon Institute of Technology, established in 1986, is a government engineering college located in Dwarahat.
This incident underscores the ongoing tensions and disputes between public representatives and government officials in the region, emphasizing the need for effective conflict resolution mechanisms and improved communication channels between elected officials and government bodies.