Af­ter Azad’s com­plaint, SIT formed

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The Ro­htak Po­lice on Tues­day con­sti­tuted a spe­cial investigat­ion team (SIT) to in­quire into the al­leged booth cap­tur­ing in the city dur­ing the Sun­day’s Lok Sabha elec­tions and also ar­rested seven peo­ple in this con­nec­tion.

The Congress had al­leged that BJP min­is­ter of state Manish Grover along with some goons had en­tered polling booths and in­tim­i­dated the vot­ers.

Based on the com­plaint, the po­lice had ar­rested Grover’s two aides while the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer in Ro­htak had barred Grover from leav­ing his of­fice till the com­ple­tion of elec­tions.

How­ever, the Congress protested on Mon­day, say­ing the aides of the min­is­ter ar­rested by the po­lice were re­leased on po­lice bail while no ac­tion was taken against Grover.

Leader of the op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha Ghu­lam Nabi Azad also wrote to the chief elec­tion com­mis­sioner, fol­low­ing which the Ro­htak po­lice on Tues­day con­sti­tuted the SIT and ar­rested seven men, in­clud­ing the two aides of the min­is­ter, who were re­leased on bail.

In the let­ter, Azad de­manded ac­tion against Grover “for il­le­gally sab­o­tag­ing and in­flu­enc­ing the polling at a booth in Ro­htak”. He wrote: “I was com­pletely shocked to hear the set of cir­cum­stances enu­mer­ated (sic) be­fore me by a Congress del­e­ga­tion from Ro­htak. I have seen the videos and was com­pletely taken aback by the brazen mis­use of mus­cle power by Grover, along with 50 goons and a his­tory-sheeter Ramesh Lo­har, who en­tered in booth num­bers 142, 143, 145, 146, 149 and 150 of Ro­htak city in order to sab­o­tage and in­flu­ence the on­go­ing polling for Lok Sabha elec­tions.”

“Sev­eral com­plaints have been al­ready made to the ECI along with videos bring­ing to your kind no­tice the ter­ror at­mos­phere (sic) cre­ated dur­ing the polling. An FIR was reg­is­tered by po­lice against Ramesh Lo­har and one other, and Lo­har was ar­rested from the spot. But sur­pris­ingly, he was re­leased on Mon­day by grant­ing him po­lice bail un­der the in­flu­ence of Grover with­out even pro­duc­ing him in court. It is also sur­pris­ing that no ac­tion has been taken against Grover so far de­spite such brazen mis­use of power in order to ter­rorise the whole polling process. It has sent a wrong mes­sage to the vot­ers of Haryana.”

Ro­htak su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Jashan­deep Singh Rand­hawa said in the FIR reg­is­tered against Lo­har, more sec­tions were added con­sid­er­ing other com­plaints sub­mit­ted to the po­lice. “He has been re­ar­rested and six more peo­ple are taken in cus­tody. Fur­ther investigat­ion is go­ing on,” he said.

On be­ing asked about ac­tion against the min­is­ter, the SP said the mat­ter was pend­ing with the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and any ac­tion could be taken only af­ter his in­quiry.


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