SP spokesper­son de­tained af­ter on-air clash with BJP neta

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Avishek Ku­mar Dubey

Noida: Sa­ma­jwadi Party spokesper­son Anurag Bhadau­ria was de­tained on a com­plaint filed by BJP’s Gau­rav Bha­tia in Noida on Satur­day af­ter an ar­gu­ment that be­gan on the sets of a na­tional Hindi tele­vi­sion news chan­nel de­bate es­ca­lated into a po­lit­i­cal con­fronta­tion.

Bha­tia lodged a com­plaint against Bhaduria for as­sault. The two were on the same panel dur­ing a de­bate in the af­ter­noon. With Bhadau­ria be­ing de­tained for ques­tion­ing, SP work­ers sur­rounded Sec­tor 20 po­lice sta­tion, where the com­plaint was lodged, in the evening in protest. Manoj Pant, the SHO of Sec­tor 20 po­lice sta­tion, said he ap­pre­hended trou­ble and es­caped to the Ex­press­way po­lice sta­tion, which is around 15 min­utes away.

Gau­rav Bha­tia is an ad­vo­cate with the Supreme Court. In his com­plaint, Bha­tia said he had been in­vited to the news de­bate in the af­ter­noon. When the de­bate turned into a heated ar­gu­ment around 2.20pm, Bhadau­ria al­legedly threat­ened Bha­tia and as­saulted him, his com­plaint said. Bha­tia di­alled 100, fol­low­ing which a po­lice team was sent to the me­dia house.

SP (city) Sudha Singh said that on the ba­sis of a com­plaint, a re­port been lodged un­der the Sec­tion 323 (pun­ish­ment for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt), 352 (pun­ish­ment for as­sault or crim­i­nal force oth­er­wise than on grave provo­ca­tion) and 506 (pun­ish­ment for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of the IPC. “In­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way. We will speak when our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is over,” Singh said.

Later, Bha­tia tweeted, “Th­ese are goons, not spokesper­sons.” Sa­ma­jwadi MLC Udaiveer Singh lashed out at BJP, de­scrib­ing the de­ten­tion as “height of dic­ta­tor­ship and mis­use of power” in a tweet.

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