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Varun harassed, tortured in jail: Venkaiah Naidu

india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 11:06 IST

The BJP on Friday alleged that Varun Gandhi, booked under National Security Act (NSA), has been "harassed and tortured" in the jail and said he was implicated under a "conspiracy" of BSP and Congress.

"Varun Ganhi was kept in a small cell, where he could not see anyone. Inhuman treatment was meted out to him. He was harassed and tortured," party vice-president Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.

"Gandhi has been implicated under NSA under a well-knit plan and conspiracy of BSP and Congress. It has been done to keep him out of elections," the saffron leader said after meeting him at Etah district jail.

Accusing the Uttar Pradesh Government of "misusing" law for vested interests, he said cases against Varun were concocted.

"The CD has been manipulated and his voice was not there in the CD. There was nothing objectionable in his speech," Naidu said seeking to defend the young leader who was arrested for alleged hate speech during electioneering.

He alleged that the district magistrate and the Election Commission had not ordered any enquiry to verify the genuineness of the CD.

NSA had been invoked to terrorise people to dissuade them from voting for BJP. "In our country, it is a crime to support Hindus and dream about their welfare."

Venkaiah alleged that Varun was shifted from Pilibhit jail to Etah jail without seeking court's permission.

On security risk for the young leader in the wake of reports that a gang of underworld don Chotta Shakkeel had planned to attack him Naidu said, "There was danger to Varun's life."