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Al­leges Delhi BJP chief ‘in­cited vi­o­lence’ at in­au­gu­ra­tion

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram/delhi - Gu­lam Jee­lani gu­lam.jee­lani@htlive.com ■

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed a writ­ten po­lice com­plaint against Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari on Fri­day, al­leg­ing that he in­cited vi­o­lence at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sig­na­ture Bridge on No­vem­ber 4. AAP lead­ers said that they de­cided to com­plain af­ter the po­lice failed to file an FIR against Ti­wari.

A del­e­ga­tion led by Ra­jya Sabha MP Narain Dass Gupta sought an FIR against Ti­wari, MP from north east Delhi, dur­ing their meet­ing with Delhi po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik. Gupta al­leged that Ti­wari, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his party work­ers, posed a threat to Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia at the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

“I was seated on the dais along with my Ra­jya Sabha col­league, Sushil Gupta. The CM, deputy CM, min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cers of Delhi gov­ern­ment were also present. No FIR has been reg­is­tered even af­ter four days, de­spite the fact that the pre­med­i­tated crim­i­nal ac­tion of BJP leader Manoj Ti­wari and his sup­port­ers had put the lives of the CM, the deputy CM and other min­is­ters at risk,” Gupta, as an “eye­wit­ness”, stated in the po­lice com­plaint.

Min­utes be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the bridge, Ti­wari and his work­ers were al­legedly in­volved in a scuf­fle with AAP work­ers and the po­lice. While Ti­wari, who was not in­vited to the event, said he wanted to be present as it was be­ing held in his con­stituency, the AAP al­leged he and his work­ers had come to at­tack the CM and other lead­ers present there.

“In my view, the po­lice was duty-bound to reg­is­ter an FIR against Manoj Ti­wari and his hood­lums who com­mit­ted this se­ri­ous cog­niz­able of­fence against po­lice of­fi­cers on duty. Un­for­tu­nately, this has not hap­pened,” the com­plaint read.

The AAP’s com­plaint comes days af­ter the po­lice booked sev­eral per­sons, in­clud­ing AAP law­maker Amanat­ul­lah Khan, for al­legedly threat­en­ing Ti­wari. Khan, an MLA from Okhla, was seen push­ing Ti­wari away from the stage in a video. Khan, how­ever, termed the po­lice ac­tion bi­ased, in­sist­ing he had no choice but to push Ti­wari away as he was a threat to the CM’s se­cu­rity.

The AAP’s na­tional spokes- per­son Raghav Chadha and Bu­rari MLA Sanjeev Jha ac­com­pa­nied Gupta on Fri­day. The com­plaint re­quested the po­lice com­mis­sioner to reg­is­ter an FIR and pro­vide them with a writ­ten copy. “The po­lice lodged an FIR against our MLA based on Manoj Ti­wari’s email. We hope an FIR will be filed against him af­ter our writ­ten com­plaint,” Chadha said. Ear­lier this week, AAP Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber San­jay Singh had writ­ten to the po­lice com­mis­sioner seek­ing ac­tion against Ti­wari.

“They (AAP lead­ers) had a meet­ing with Po­lice com­mis­sioner. We in­formed them that three cases have al­ready been lodged in the mat­ter and Crime Branch is in­ves­ti­gat­ing it,” said Delhi Po­lice spokesper­son Mad­hur Verma.

When con­tacted, Ti­wari said the po­lice should look into videos of the event from be­gin­ning to the end to con­clude who in­dulged in vi­o­lence. “Of­fi­cials of the depart­ment of tourism, which or­gan­ised the event, should be booked for break­ing pro­to­col. Arvind Ke­jri­wal is out on bail and his MLA (Khan), a ha­bit­ual of­fender, openly pushed and threat­ened me. The po­lice should ar­rest them,” he said.


■ AAP leader Raghav Chadha, along with Ra­jya Sabha MP ND Gupta, at the po­lice head­quar­ters on Fri­day.

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