The president of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Laxmikant Bajpai, on Saturday condemned the detention of party Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in connection with the recent Kanth violence.
"I hold the district administration responsible for the Moradabad incident," said Bajpai.
Criticising Moradabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dharamvir for giving out anti-BJP statements, he said that the SSP is not fit to be in public service, and added that UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should induct him into his own security team and keep him at his official residence, suggesting that the police officer was beholden to the ruling Samajwadi Party.
"I demand an investigation over the issue of permission of placement of mikes in temples. Why were BJP protesters blamed for the Kanth clashes at the railway track? Why were the MLAs detained before committing any crime? How is it possible that the District Magistrate (DM) got injured, but the SSP didn't even get a scratch? What right did the SSP have to insult and hit BJP MLAs in the jail? The BJP wants answers to all of these questions," said Bajpai.
He also said that SSP can continue to obey Samajwadi Party's (SP's) orders but the party will not last long in the state.
"The BJP will definitely take revenge for the detention of its MLAs and we will stage a 15 days protest at the commissioner's office to demonstrate against it," he added.
On July 4, BJP protesters had clashed with Moradabad police for detaining party MLAs including Muzzaffarnagar riots accused Sangeet Som along with two other party leaders while they were on their way to a Mahapanchayat to protest against the decision of the state administration to remove loudspeakers from a temple.
Although they were released later, but controversy erupted when Moradabad SSP Dharamvir made a statement to the media saying that the situation in Kanth got tense only after the BJP called for a Mahapanchayat because they called it despite denial of permission from the administration. He had also blamed BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Sarvesh Singh for polarizing the situation as assembly by-elections are round the corner. (ANI)