MLA alleges manhandling by cop; SHO suspended

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MLA alleges manhandling by cop; SHO suspended

Thursday, 13 August 2020 | PNS | Lucknow



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Several Bharatiya Janata Party workers staged a protest outside a police station in Aligarh where a ruling party MLA was allegedly manhandled by three policemen, including an SHO, on Wednesday morning.
Annoyed at the manhandling of the BJP MLA by policemen inside the Gonda police station  in Aligarh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered suspension of the SHO concerned and transfer of SP (Rural).
The chief minister directed the IG ( Aligarh)  to probe into the matter and submit a report to the government at the earliest.
BJP MLA from Iglas assembly constituency in Aligarh, Rajkumar Sahyogi,  alleged that he was manhandled at Gonda police station where he went on Tuesday night to protest against a case filed against a Vishwa Hindu Parishad member.
 Sahyogi told reporters that on August 2,  VHP member, Rohit Varshney was beaten up by a man identified as Salim over a property dispute.  He said a case of assault was filed against Salim but a few days ago, a cross-FIR was also filed in the case. He alleged that the police had been “unduly influenced” to file this case against Varshney.
The MLA alleged that the SHO started misbehaving with him and when he cautioned him to behave, he manhandled him and even tore his clothes after which his supporters rescued him.
The SHO, however, dismissed the allegations and levelled similar charges at the MLA and his supporters.
Local policemen told reporters that a spat between police officials, including the SHO Anuj Kumar Saini, took place after the legislator misbehaved with them. The MLA denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, as the news spread that the BJP legislator was manhandled by policemen, hundreds of BJP workers gathered at the police station in protest, leading to a tense situation at the precincts.
Additional police force was deployed at the Gonda police station and senior police officials rushed there to defuse the situation.
A fortnight back, BJP MLA from Unnao Sadar, Pankaj Gupta, had staged a protest inside Kotwali police station, charging the police of harassing people building a temple at Indiranagar area and demanded their release.
The MLA agreed to leave the police station only after senior officials, including district magistrate, reached there and assured him of an inquiry into the matter.
ASP Vinod Kumar said seven people were taken into custody after it surfaced that a temple was being built on government land. He claimed that an FIR was registered against the accused for encroachment of land allocated for Mahila police station.

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