After an alleged clash between police and AAP supporters in Burari on Friday night, an FIR was lodged against two AAP MLAs — Sanjeev Jha from Burari and Akhilesh Tripathi from Model Town — on Saturday on charges of criminal intimidation, rioting and barring a public servant from his duty. Police said six others have been arrested. The clash had left 15 injured.
While police claimed that the clash took place after residents allegedly demanded that police hand over two persons accused of kidnapping two boys in the area, the AAP legislators alleged that the clash was a result of “police high-handedness”.
On Friday evening, two men — identified as Rohit and Krishna Yadav — were riding a motorbike when one of them realised that his wallet was missing, police said.
“They suspected that two boys, aged around 13, had stolen the wallet after it fell out. They caught the boys and rode off with them. When they could not find the wallet on the two boys, they let them off,” an officer said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said, “Locals made a PCR call around 5.30 pm and an officer from Burari police station reached the spot. The sub-inspector returned the two children to their families. Police traced the two men to their houses and detained them.”
“While the sub-inspector was writing the FIR, residents barged into his room and demanded that the two men be handed over to them. The sub-inspector refused and asked his staff to escort the group out of the police station. On their way out, the locals called MLA Sanjeev Jha. He reached the spot with 40 or more supporters. He called the MLAs of Model Town and Badli and they too reached the spot,” Verma said.
Police said the supporters began sloganeering and pelting stones. The AAP MLA was stopped by a sentry on duty from entering the police station.
“On being stopped, Jha angry. He reached the police station around 10 am on Saturday and demanded that action be taken against the policeman who misbehaved with him despite him being an MLA,” a senior police officer said. He added that Jha’s complaint has been recorded.
But by then, AAP supporters began creating a ruckus in the police station again, police said. Police had to resort to mild force to make the AAP supporters leave the police station.
CM orders magisterial probe into Burari clash
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Burari clash even as the BJP hit out against the party and blamed it for its “false ego”.
In a statement, the Delhi government said, “It has been decided to institute a magisterial inquiry under the District Magistrate (North Delhi) to inquire about the circumstances and causes that led to this incident and fix responsibility of government officials, agencies and elected representatives, any of whom may have acted against the law.”
The government’s statement noted that “it has been alleged that a police officer pointed a rifle at an elected MLA” and “local people pelted stone on police personnel”.
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “This is the result of the false ego of the AAP MLAs and because of this AAP workers and innocent bystanders were injured. On one hand, the AAP leaders claim to work like a common man but, on the other hand, they are egoistic enough to collect a mob and start a fight with police,” he said.