Two days after the BJP state office here was allegedly attacked by the Youth Congress activists, Vikramaditya Singh, the state chief of the youth wing of the Congress, obtained anticipatory bail from a local court.
Vikramaditya, who led the protest outside the BJP office on January 29, was one of the accused in the case registered by the BJP. The Youth Congress activists allegedly indulged in stone-pelting also wherein about a dozen BJP workers were injured.
Vikramaditya Singh moved an application in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Amit Mandyal who granted him an interim bail and also asked the police to file a reply by February 4.
Vikramaditya and the Congress have blamed the BJP for disrupting a 'peaceful' protest of the Youth Congress.
INTERIM BAIL WON'T HELP: BJP
Meanwhile, state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti said by applying for bail, Vikramaditya has proved that he was a culprit. "He knows that he would be behind the bars and that's why he applied for bail," he told HT.
He said the Congress workers attacked the BJP office and the party workers and they now had to face the consequences. "We have faith in law, interim bail is not going to help Vikramaditya," he added.
Meanwhile, the Shimla BJP staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner office here. The party workers burnt the effigy of Vikramaditya Singh and also demanded a criminal case against him and other workers under sections 307 and 120 B of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj led the protest and said this was not an ordinary incident as the Congress activists mounted a murderous attack on the BJP workers.
He said several BJP workers were injured and one of them had received a serious injury in his eye. "The Congress is responsible for this"
He said, "Such a protest outside the BJP office was totally unwarranted, but the Congress has set a new tradition," The BJP leaders demanded arrest of all the Youth Congress workers, including Vikramaditya, involved in the attack.
BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt said that it was surprising that the Congress was now blaming the BJP for the incident.
"It was the Youth Congress activists who staged the protest at the BJP headquarters, which is 5 km from the main town," he said while adding that it was a pllaned attack by the Youth Congress workers and they should be brought to book under serious sections. He also accused the Shimla police and SP Shimla of favoring the ruling party and the chief minister's son by filing a case under bailable sections.