Goshamahal MLA T. Raja Singh alleged that the police assaulted him when he was trying to replace a statue of freedom fighter Rani Avanti Bai Lodhi at the Jumeerat Bazar Y junction here early on Thursday.
However, the police clarified that Mr. Singh himself had inflicted a head injury with a boulder.
West Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) A.R. Srinivas also stated that the MLA abused and assaulted policemen who were deputed to control the situation in the area. Supporting their claims, the police also released a video that showed Mr. Singh hitting himself with a boulder.
Around 12.30 a.m., the Goshamahal legislator, with over 200 supporters, reached the Jumeerat Bazar area for replacing the 10-foot statue of Rani Avanti Bai with a 25-foot new statue without permission from the Greater Hyderabad
Municipal Corporation and the Hyderabad police, the DCP said.