Two AAP leg­is­la­tors charged with as­sault in bridge ‘scuf­fle’ CM Also Named; Cops Prob­ing Other Com­plaints FIR shock­ing abuse of power, says AAP

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Delhi Po­lice has charged Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Amanat­ul­lah Khan and San­jeev Jha with an at­tempt at cul­pa­ble homi­cide and as­sault fol­low­ing a com­plaint reg­is­tered by BJP MP Manoj Ti­wari. The po­lit­i­cal lead­ers had got into a brawl at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sig­na­ture Bridge last Sun­day. Sources claimed the cops have also named CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal in the case.

Fol­low­ing a coun­ter­com­plaint by Khan, the cops lodged an­other FIR against Ti­wari for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion. A third case has been filed against AAP sup­port­ers af­ter a BJP worker com­plained of as­sault. All the three are be­ing probed by the Crime Branch.

The cops said they would also ex­am­ine the com­plaint made by AAP Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber N D Gupta and in­clude it in the probe. Po­lice of­fi­cers said that all the com­plaints are be­ing in­di­vid­u­ally ex­am­ined on the ba­sis of their merit.

“The cases have been trans­ferred to the Crime Branch for de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is wrong to con­strue that FIRs have been reg­is­tered against only one per­son in par­tic­u­lar,” as­serted Delhi Po­lice spokesper­son Mad­hur Verma. “We have re­ceived three com­plaints against var­i­ous peo­ple and an in-depth probe will be con­ducted into all of them.”

The Crime Branch has col­lected the videos of the in­ci­dent for anal­y­sis, af­ter which the rel­e­vant sec­tions of the law would be in­voked.

In his com­plaint, Ti­wari al­legedly named Ke­jri­wal and the two MLAs for try­ing to stop him from climb­ing to the dais. The BJP Delhi pres­i­dent claimed that he was pushed off the steps as he was ap­proach­ing the stage. A case

Fol­low­ing a coun­ter­com­plaint by Amanat­ul­lah Khan, the cops lodged an­other FIR against Manoj Ti­wari for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion

of at­tempt to com­mit cul­pa­ble homi­cide, as­sault, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and in­tim­i­da­tion has been reg­is­tered based on th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions.

In the sec­ond FIR, the cops have booked Ti­wari for threat­en­ing AAP work­ers, and in the last, they have reg­is­tered a case of as­sault and crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion against Khan and other AAP sup­port­ers on the ba­sis of a com­plaint by B N Jha, a BJP worker from Mukher­jee Na­gar. Jha ac­cused the AAP work­ers of threat­en­ing him when he tried to ac­com­pany Ti­wari on to the stage.

Meawhile, R P Meena, ad­di­tional DCP (north­east), who was seen in a video try­ing to stop Ti­wari even as a heated ar­gu­ment took place, was sent for a sched­uled train­ing pro­gramme on Satur­day. New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party cat­e­gorised as “shock­ing abuse of power” the po­lice nam­ing chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and two AAP MLAs, among oth­ers, in the FIR in con­nec­tion with the scuf­fle at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sig­na­ture Bridge last Sun­day. They also pointed out that in­ter­est­ingly, Delhi Po­lice had lodged the FIR a day af­ter AAP Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber N D Gupta com­plained to the po­lice com­mis­sioner against BJP Delhi chief Manoj Ti­wari.

AAP south Delhi in-charge Raghav Chadha said the sit­u­a­tion was even more “ridicu­lous” be­cause po­lice not only failed to reg­is­ter an FIR against Ti­wari ig­nor­ing the video ev­i­dence of him in­sti­gat­ing a mob and as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, but in­stead filed one against Ke­jri­wal.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence Chadha and AAP East Delhi in-charge Atishi stated that there was no doubt that the ruckus dur­ing the in­au­gura- tion of the Sig­na­ture Bridge was a pre­med­i­tated at­tack on AAP lead­ers. “When the CM and his min­is­ters came on the stage, the hood­lums ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ti­wari started slo­ga­neer­ing and throw­ing bot­tles and ink on the stage,” Atishi said.

The party also de­scribed the events as a se­cu­rity threat to the CM. “How can Delhi Po­lice al­low such a se­ri­ous breach of se­cu­rity against a sit­ting CM?” asked Chadha.

A Delhi BJP of­fi­cial re­torted that th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions were base­less and con­tented that the “whole world” saw an AAP MLA push­ing Ti­wari off the dais. “Amanat­ul­lah Khan’s bail should be im­me­di­ately can­celled,” he said. “The po­lice are only do­ing their work.”

Chadha also took the op­por­tu­nity to point out that more than “a dozen fake cases against AAP lead­ers” had fallen flat and the courts had “rep­ri­manded Delhi Po­lice for mo­ti­vated cases against AAP”. He added, “This FIR will face the same fate and find its way to the trash can.”

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