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Collector justifies action on Bajrangis

OVER 50 Bajrang Dal workers blocked the road outside Collectorate this morning, disrupting traffic flow and causing public inconvenience for more than an hour, to demand withdrawal of police cases against Dal City coordinator Pradeep Nair.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:06 IST

OVER 50 Bajrang Dal workers blocked the road outside Collectorate this morning, disrupting traffic flow and causing public inconvenience for more than an hour, to demand withdrawal of police cases against Dal City coordinator Pradeep Nair.

Staging a sit-in, they also demanded that a case be booked against District Collector Vivek Aggarwal for cane-charging Nair on the night of December 31.

Even as Dal activists raised slogans against the Collector, the latter denied that he had taken part in cane-charge. He said he ordered the action when Dal workers pelted stones at his car and thrashed his driver and gunman. “As a District Magistrate, I cannot allow people to create ruckus or cause disruption at public events.

Otherwise, there would be stampede,” he told reporters today, adding that what he did was to uphold the law.

New Year celebrations were a smooth affair till 11.15 pm when Dal protests became violent. On receiving information, the District Collector and Superintendent of Police Adarsh Katiyar headed towards Vijay Nagar when they saw Nair and others collecting stones opposite Press Complex on A B Road. The two stopped their vehicles and asked them to move away.

Instead of moving away, the Dal workers attacked their vehicles. The District Magistrate responded by ordering cane charge.

Although Dal leaders denied that Nayar was involved in stone pelting, they had no answer when asked at what places were Bajrangis present on December 31 night.

“I have no idea where were they present because I was not in City that day,” Gaur told Hindustan Times. He said that Dal had no plans to disrupt celebrations. “We were only against obscenity introduced at December 31 parties,” he added.