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BJP leaders arrested while leaving for Azamgarh

Lucknow:    Two BJP leaders were arrested at Barabanki while going to the riot-torn Azamgarh district for “studying” the situation. Two members of a delegation, under the leadership of the former director general of police (DGP) and senior BJP leader, Brij Lal, were arrested at the Barabanki toll-plaza. The second member of the delegation was former IGP, Rajesh Rai, who was taken to Barabanki police lines. Other members of the delegation included former minister, Shiv Pratap Shukla and Gorakhpur Sadar MLA, Radha Mohan Das Agarwal, MP Neelam Sonkar and MLA Opendra Singh Tiwari. Brij Lal alleged that Azamgarh being the parliamentary constituency of SP supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the police is not acting impartially there. He claimed that the houses of 13 Dalits were set on fire in village Podapur, the Dy. SP has been injured of a bullet wound and Dy. District Magistrate is also on the injured list, but in order to suppress the facts, the injuries are being played down. He said that the goons beat up the villagers of the nearby village Phariha sometime ago, but the news was not allowed to reach the people. He alleged that to conceal the state of lawlessness, no impartial action is being taken in Azamgarh.

Meanwhile, the seriousness of the law and order situation has forced the state government to depute Addl. DGP, Daljeet Chowdhary, IG of ATS and SSP, on 16 May, to go to the spot, with clear instructions to prevent tension at any cost and to take firm action against the accused. The ruling Samajwadi Party said that BJP’s conspiracy to spread lies about the riot would not be allowed to succeed. Party spokesman, Rajinder Chowdhary, said that the police took suitable action and on time. He added that senior officers have been deputed from Lucknow also and the rioters would not be spared.

According to police, cases have been registered against 200 people and seven persons have been taken into custody. The recurring incidents of communal violence in village Khudadadpur near Sarai Meer have forced the DGP Daljeet Chowdhary to take a tour of the area to study the situation.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2016 on page no. 15

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