Madhya Pradesh Parliament MLA Sunil Saraf has been in trouble for allegedly opening fire in the air while dancing at a New Year’s Eve event in Anuppur district.
In a video of the incident circulating online, the head of parliament can be seen dancing to the song “Main Hoon Don” from the Amitabh Bachchan movie “Don”. While dancing on stage, Saraf pulled out a pistol and fired it into the air.
The incident happened on Saturday night in the town of Kotma, about 570 kilometers from the state capital Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has directed the Anuppur district police chief to take action against the legislator.
Kotma police station superintendent Ajay Baiga said that a case has been registered against the MLA. “The complainant alleges that because there was a large number of people at the New Year’s party hosted by the local MLA and the shooting could have resulted in a number of bad things happening,” said Mr Baiga.
However, the Kotma MLA claims that the gun in the video is an artillery gun.
“It was a Diwali gun. People celebrate at midnight to welcome the new year by cutting cakes and popping cookies,” he said, trying to downplay the incident.
Two months ago, Saraf was placed with another congressional lawmaker for allegedly sexually harassing a married woman on a train.