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Mahesh Sharma apologises after his security staff thrash Gzb society guard

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on Friday apologised after his personal staff was seen thrashing a society watchman, captured on a CCTV footage.  A member of Sharma’s security team allegedly assaulted the guard of a housing society here for “delay” in opening the gate and the incident was caught on CCTV cameras. The video, which has gone viral on social media, showed Sharma’s security personnel thrashing the society watchman.

The guard was assaulted on Thursday evening after they intercepted the minister’s cavalcade and asked which flat number they wanted to visit, some of residents of Aashiyana society said. When the guard stopped them, the occupants of the car got into a heated argument with him and used abusive language. They also slapped the guard, residents said.

Sharma was visiting his sister at the society for Raksha Bandhan when the incident took place. 
However, Indirapuram Police Station SHO Gorkah Nath Yadav said no complaint was received from the residents or office-bearers of the society in this connection.

Meanwhile, Sharma alleged that people were “trying to make a political” issue of it and “malign” his image even after he had apologised and suspended his staff.  He claimed that the “scuffle” between the guards had broken out in his “absence” after he had gone inside.

“Without knowing who was at fault, I unconditionally apologised to the guard and the RWA president. I have already suspended my security personnel and have even permitted the police to take action against him. What else can be done?  There are other people who trying to make political issue out of it. People are trying to use this to malign my image,” he said.

Sharma is an MP from Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly elections are scheduled to be held early next year.
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