Tem MLAs became targets of misbehaviour in MP

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Bhopal, Feb 26 (UNI) Apart from the murder of Khandwa legislator Kishorilal Verma, nine other legislators had been targets of loot, beating up and misbehaviour in Madhya Pradesh in the past two years.

In his written reply to a question by Ms Saroj Nayak, Home Minister Himmat Kothari said a total of ten legislators had been victims of such incidents.

Mr Verma was stabbed to death on October 21, 2006. Chandu and Ramesh were arrested in this connection. Chandu was sentenced to life, while Ramesh was acquitted.

Former Chief Minister Uma Bharti, who was a legislator then, was misbehaved with by an unidentified person at Professor Colony area in the state capital on June 18, 2006. Investigation of the case was underway.

Another legislator Omprakash Dhurve was misbehaved with by an unidentified person in the same area on April 10, 2007.

Besides, cases related to beating up and misbehaviour had been registered against legislators in Indore, Jabalpur, Shivpuri, Bhopal, Jhabua, Khandwa and Khargone.

A case was registered against Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and his private secretary for misbehaving with MLA Harivallabh Shukla at Bairad area in Shivpuri district on September 26.

Replying to Mr Arif Aqueel (Cong), Mr Kothari said 32 cases of cyber crimes had been registered since January 2004. Citing the 'Crime in India 2006' report, he said Madhya Pradesh stood at number eight and number one position in the IT Act, 2000, and the IPC Act.

A cyber cell has been set up to deal with these crimes.

He said no communal riot took place in the state from 2004 to February 2008 although 58 cases of communal tension took place.

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