‘Police acted against Balaghat RSS worker after complaint’

A day after the RSS alleged that beating of its pracharak by the Baihar police in MP was a “pre-planned conspiracy”, an investigation by HT found that the police action came hours after a complaint was lodged against the RSS man for allegedly circulating offensive post on WhatsApp.
RSS regional communication chief Rajkumar Matale has alleged that Suresh Yadav’s brutal beating by the police was a well planned move(Representational image/Praveen Bajpai)
RSS regional communication chief Rajkumar Matale has alleged that Suresh Yadav’s brutal beating by the police was a well planned move(Representational image/Praveen Bajpai)
Updated on Oct 22, 2016 08:32 AM IST
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Anuraag Singh, Baihar (Balaghat) | By

A day after the RSS alleged that beating of its pracharak by the Baihar police in MP was a “pre-planned conspiracy”, an investigation by HT found that the police action came hours after a complaint was lodged against the RSS man for allegedly circulating offensive post on WhatsApp.

On Thursday, RSS regional communication chief Rajkumar Matale alleged that Suresh Yadav’s brutal beating by the police was a well planned move as the complaint against him was filed at 9.35 pm on September 25.

Information retrieved from Baihar police station on Friday revealed that a group of Muslim men lodged a complaint against Yadav for uploading offensive post on a WhatsApp group was received by the police from 5 pm to 6 pm on September 25.

According to the staff of Baihar police station, the complaint was properly scanned and officially received by the police station.

“After receiving the complaint, the Baihar police station in-charge Ziya ul Haq informed about it to senior officials, including then SP Balaghat Asit Yadav. It was after it only that Yadav instructed additional SP Rajesh Sharma to enquire the complaint thoroughly before registering a case in the matter,” said a Baihar police officer.

A police team led by ASP Sharma went to the RSS office (where Yadav resides) at around 7.30 pm and brought him for questioning to the police station, sources said.

When he was being taken out of the ASP’s official vehicle, Yadav pushed one of the policemen and fled to medical shop-cum-house of Swami Prasad Asati, around 50 meters from the police station.

Shop owner Asati told HT on Friday that at around 8 pm a group of cops led by the ASP and sub-inspector Anil Ajmeriya dragged Yadav out of the kitchen where women and kids were present.

“Yadav was slapped and punched by around 8 cops,” Asati said while denying that cops used batons or rifle butts to beat Yadav.

According to Baihar police sources, cops at RSS office in Kumhari Mohalla first enquired about social media post from Yadav, but when he refused to respond to their queries, the cops seized the cell phone and found that the post was made from it only.

After being caught from Asati’s shop at around 8.15 pm, Yadav was brought to the police station, grilled about the post and a case was lodged at 9.35 pm against him.

He was booked under Sections 153A and 295A for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

Sources in Balaghat district police have revealed that a two-page complaint signed by at least 10 BJP and RSS leaders, besides local residents did not mention loot of anything from Yadav. The complaint on September 25 night was addressed to SP Balaghat via SDOP Baihar.

Based on the complaint, initially a case under Sections 294, 323, 506 and 147 of IPC for alleged assault, rioting, use of obscene language and criminal intimidation was lodged by Baihar police against the accused cops.

Then SP Asit Yadav, however, was forced to order adding attempt to murder (Section 307), loot (Section 392) and house trespass (Section 452 of IPC) charges into the case after 4.30 pm under pressure of RSS and BJP leaders, including Subhash Badole, Ramesh Ranglani, Guddam Markam and Satyanarayan Agrawal, staff present at the police station at that time told HT.

BJP leader Gudda Markam (husband of Baihar municipality chief Yashwanti Gudda Markam) said, “Who allowed us entry into the police station on September 25 night. It’s police only. ”

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