After Azad’s complaint, SIT formed
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.
CONG HAD ALLEGED MINISTER OF STATE MANISH GROVER ALONG WITH SOME GOONS HAD INTIMIDATED VOTERS AT CERTAIN BOOTHS