BJP AND BJYM activists on Thursday bashed up traffic inspector Vikram Singh Raghuvanshi and head constable Roop Singh Bhadoria when they prevented Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) chairman Ramdayal Prajapati’s car from joining former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani’s high-security motorcade at Raja Bhoj Airport.
The agitated workers also smashed the jeep of additional SP, Old City Deepak Verma. The Gandhi Nagar police registered a case against Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists for roughing up the traffic policemen.
On the report of Raghuvanshi, the police have booked BJYM city chief Rahul Rajput, a BJYM office-bearer Dubey and a dozen other activists for voluntarily causing hurt so as to deter a public servant from discharging his duty, assaulting a public servant and rioting. Four workers, including the main accused, were arrested late in the night.
Trouble began when Raghuvanshi did not allow the BMC chairman to join his car in Advani’s motorcade. Piqued over the action, district BJYM president Rahul Rajput picked up a verbal fight with the police officer. During the altercation the BJYM leader pushed the police officer who, in turn, hit back with his wireless set.
A minor injury on Rahul’s face infuriated BJP and BJYM workers who had come to the airport to welcome Advani. Some of them chased and tried to pounce on the police officer, but district BJP vice-president Ravindra Awasthi and other party leaders, including Madanlal Ranjhi and Alok Sanjar, intervened. But the trouble did not end here.
Some BJP and BJYM workers later caught hold of the police inspector and the head constable and roughed them up. The chaotic situation at the airport lasted for more than 20 minutes.
Rahul Rajput was taken to a hospital from where he was discharged after first aid. Awasthi and Rajput demanded impartial inquiry into the incident and action against the ‘guilty’ police personnel.
In his statement Raghuvanshi said he was on duty outside the State hangar and when he objected to the entry of Ramdayal Prajapati’s vehicle getting into the cavalcade of Advani, the BJYM activists abused and beat him up.
The BJYM workers broke the beacon light of ASP Verma’s vehicle, damaged the nameplate and tried to break the steering. Reacting to the incident, State BJP spokesman Umashankar Gupta defended the BJYM workers, saying the police officer had no right to manhandle the BJP worker.
He, however, disapproved the party workers’ action. He said the incident was unfortunate and called for a comprehensive inquiry.