A month has passed since seven police officers and three home guards were booked for alleged assault of RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in MP, but there is still no trace of the accused cops.
Peeved over the delay in arrest of the seven cops, an RSS leader of Balaghat district demanded that the missing officers be declared absconders and cash reward announced on their arrest.
“We’re not against the entire state police force, we only want that the cops who dragged our pracharak out of RSS office on September 25 be arrested immediately. If the state police are unable to track and nab them, the accused be declared absconders and cash reward placed on their arrest,” RSS vibhag pramukh (Mandla and Balaghat) Subhash Badole told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
Badole was among the RSS and BJP leaders present at Baihar police station on September 25-26 night. He along with other leaders had allegedly pressured the senior police officials present there to book the accused cops and home guards for loot, attempt to murder and trespass on early September 26.
‘We can’t excuse those who beat up our zila pracharak over a social media post’
“It is not RSS Vs Police as being portrayed in some quarters. We respect the state police, but cannot excuse those who brutally beat up our Baihar zila pracharak Suresh Yadav over a social media post. The accused are still at large, which is a cause of concern for all of us,” added Badole.
Baihar zila karyawah of RSS, Chitrasen Chaudhary, who is also close to Suresh Yadav said, “had it been a petty criminal who would have tried to kill someone in a pre-planned manner, would the police take one month to trace them? We demand that the cops on the run be treated as normal people and not like high-profile accused. We hope they will be arrested before Diwali,” said Chaudhary.
“Concerned over the September 25 incident and the delay in arrest of accused, many of our Sangh wings were not functioning. But after directions from our senior leaders, we’ve started all 45 shakhas in Baihar zila in full swing. We’re waiting for instructions from our senior Sangh office bearers to decide our future course of action,” said Chaudhary.
Seven cops and three home guards, including ASP Baihar Rajesh Sharma and then Baihar police station in charge Ziya ul Haq were booked on September 26 early morning on attempt-to-murder, loot, house trespass, rioting and criminal intimidation charges after they allegedly beat up RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in custody.
Meanwhile, the high court in Jabalpur will hear on Wednesday the government reply on PIL filed by Democratic Lawyers Association against booking of cops in criminal case and their suspension. Suspended inspector Ziya ul Haq has also filed a petition in HC for relief.