RSS: Police action in Balaghat was ‘pre-planned conspiracy’
Senior RSS leaders in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday called last month’s alleged police brutality against one of their man, Suresh Yadav, in Balaghat district as a “pre-planned conspiracy”.bhopal Updated: Oct 21, 2016 13:14 IST
Senior RSS leaders in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday called last month’s alleged police brutality against one of their man, Suresh Yadav, in Balaghat district as a “pre-planned conspiracy”.
Rajkumar Matale, the RSS regional communication chief, and Ashok Pandey, the deputy chief of the organisation’s state unit, demanded immediate arrest of policemen accused of thrashing Yadav in custody on September 26.
Yadav was detained for an allegedly offensive social media post against parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi on September 25. The “severely injured” RSS pracharak’s medical report showed minor injuries and he was purportedly seen in three video clips walking around in a hospital.
But the RSS leaders said some people and political forces were distorting facts.
“This prompted us to call a press conference. We want to set the record straight and present the facts in sequence,” Matale said.
He said the Balaghat additional superintendent of police came with a team of policemen in mufti around 8pm on September 25 to the RSS office in Baihar town where Yadav was holding a meeting on preparations for the Vijaydashami festival.
Matale alleged that it was a pre-planned move as the complaint on the basis of which police took action was filed at 9.35pm.
“They entered the RSS office and took Yadav with them, beating him till they reached the police station. There were people other than cops who also kept beating Yadav. Outside the police station, he was brutally beaten up by some people in the presence of police,” the RSS leader said.
A crowd apparently gathered in front of the police station when news about the assault spread.
“Around 3.43am on September 26, an FIR was lodged against police,” Matale said.
He dismissed allegation that Yadav was not grievously injured.