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