Attack on Manoj Tiwari’s house: Kin of arrested men allege partiality by cops
The family alleged that even as complaints of assault were filed by both the parties, police took action on the complaint of Tiwari’s staff, while the brothers’ complaint was not even entertained.delhi Updated: May 02, 2017 00:46 IST
Two brothers — Jai Kumar and Jaswant — were arrested for allegedly barging into Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house, threatening and assaulting his staff, but their family members on Monday accused the Delhi Police of “partiality” and acting against them “under pressure”.
The family alleged that even as complaints of assault were filed by both the parties, police took action on the complaint of Tiwari’s staff, while the brothers’ complaint was not even entertained.
“And this happened despite my brother Jai Kumar’s hand got fractured when his WagonR turned turtle after Tiwari’s driver rammed his Scorpio. The occupants of the Scorpio began assaulting Jai just because he protested against the rash driving,” said Jai Kumar’s brother Jagdish Kumar, who claims to be a cook at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Jagdish Kumar claimed that it was Jai Kumar who first made the PCR call and reported about the accident and attack on him. Asked about the video footage in which Jai Kumar and Jaswant were seen assaulting Tiwari’s staff at his house, Jagdish Kumar said that it was a natural retaliation from their side. He, however, did not justify the assault on Tiwari’s staff and said that his brothers should have avoided such a situation.
On the allegation that his brothers, other family members and associates broke into the MP’s house and ransacked it as seen in the video footages, Jagdish Kumar said that those seen inside the premises were not his brothers or anybody known to them. “How can some outsiders ransack an MP’s house? That too, in the presence of a policeman who had arrived in a police van to attend the distress call made by my brother?” Jagdish Kumar said, adding that his brother made a counter-complaint of being assaulted as well, but the police did not file an FIR.
“The WagonR driver should have waited for the police to come and refrained from assaulting the staff of the parliamentarian. We would have taken action against Tiwari’s driver. But since they took law in their hands, we registered a case against them,” said Braja Kishore Singh, DCP (New Delhi).
Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, said they will probe why the policeman accompanied outsiders into the MP’s house. “If found guilty, action will be taken against the officer,” he said.
Meanwhile, some female members of the family of the accused met Tiwari and requested him to withdraw the case.
First Published: May 02, 2017 00:45 IST