Ravindra Gaikwad, leader, Shiv Sena. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@RaviSir_MP)
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Now, Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad Engages in ‘Verbal Spat’ With Cops

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly had a heated argument with cops over "non- functioning" of ATMs at Latur in Marathwada region, police said.

Videos of the alleged heated argument between Gaikwad, his supporters and police personnel at Latur in Marathwada region, have gone viral on social media.

In the visuals, Gaikwad is purportedly seen arguing with a police officer, during a protest over non-functioning ATMs at Latur.

The Lok Sabha member from adjoining Osmanabad constituency, Gaikwad, who reached Latur on Tuesday, had sent his aide to withdraw money from an ATM at Latur.

However, the aide returned empty-handed, saying the ATM had run out of cash. This happened with a few other ATMs, prompting the Sena MP to go out and stage a protest with his supporters outside an ATM.

When policemen arrived and requested Gaikwad to discontinue his protest as it was hampering the vehicular traffic, the Sena MP allegedly shouted at them, police said.

Giving his version of the incident, Gaikwad said, "There is no money in the ATMs for the last 15 days. What should we do?

"They (the BJP-led government) asked us to give them 50 days (after demonetisation, for normalisation of financial transactions). We gave them 100 days, then 200 days. It is the job of the (Union) Finance Minister and the Finance Minister of Maharashtra. It is also the job of the Guardian Minister of Latur district to rectify the situation."

Air India Writes to Delhi Police for Inaction

Air India is believed to have written to the Delhi police asking why action has not yet been taken on the complaint filed against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who had assaulted a staffer of the airline last month.

Following the incident on 23 March, an FIR has been registered in the matter.

Sources said Air India has written to the Delhi police on why there is a delay in taking action against the MP.

The airline is understood to have said that the morale of the employees is being impacted as no action has been initiated against the MP, despite nearly a month after the incident, they added.

There was no official comment from Air India or the Delhi police.

(With inputs from PTI.)