ARVIND BHADORIA, in charge of BJP affairs in Bada Malehra assembly constituency for the by-poll, charged Bharatiya Janshakti (BJ) president Uma Bharti with instigating violence at Serora village in the constituency on Monday.
Talking to journalists at the State BJP office on Tuesday, Bhadoria alleged that Uma slapped the BJP polling agent at the village booth.
Later, she called a respected resident of the village Shankar Pratap Singh and slapped him. The incident agitated the villagers and they reacted to the same.
Bhadoria said he reached the village about 11 pm after learning about the incident. But when he and other BJP workers were returning from the village, about 1,000 persons accompanying Prahlad Patel, Siddharth Lodhi and Narayan Kale attacked them with stones and axes.
He alleged that vehicles in his motorcade were damaged and 22 BJP workers were kidnapped during the attack. Of them, three were still missing. The kidnapped workers were subjected to torture.
A named FIR was lodged with Chhatarpur police against Patel, Lodhi, Kale and certain others. He said Umaji deliberately created all this situation to get cheap publicity.