Several hurt as SP, BJP men clash
POLITICAL RIVALRY between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led to a clash between the supporters of both the parties in the communally sensitive at Bengali Mohal area in the city on Wednesday. Panic spread in the area when Gulam Hussain, a gunner of SP district president Nasiruddin, opened fire from his carbine. In the ensuing clashes, several people were injured.Updated: Sep 21, 2006 01:03 IST
Surendra Mohan manhandled
POLITICAL RIVALRY between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led to a clash between the supporters of both the parties in the communally sensitive at Bengali Mohal area in the city on Wednesday.
Panic spread in the area when Gulam Hussain, a gunner of SP district president Nasiruddin, opened fire from his carbine. In the ensuing clashes, several people were injured.
The incident occurred when senior SP leader Surendra Mohan Agarwal visited Kaushik Ji Ka Hata, Bengali Mohal to preside over the function held to induct local BJP leaders into the SP. On the occasion, a large number of supporters of Agarwal and local people were present.
On the request of local residents, Agarwal also announced installation of a submersible jet pump to meet the water crisis in the area. He also promised to renovate the local Shiva temple.
When the procession of the SP leader was passing through the congested lanes of Kaushik Ji Ka Hata, a group of 15 to 20 local residents gheraoed the SP leader. They raised the issue of clashes between the members of the two communities at Ram Narayan Bazaar that took place on Ganesh Chaturthi and resulted in death of a local boy, Meraj. They also complained about the alleged one-sided action by the district administration and also demanded compensation for those injured in the clashes. This resulted in heated exchange of words between the supporters of SP leader and the complainants. In the scuffle, Nasiruddin, who was also accompanying Surendra Mohan, allegedly manhandled one of the youths and thrashed him. This sparked off violent reaction from local people, who manhandled Surendra Mohan and also grabbed him by the collar of his shirt.
Sensing trouble, Nasiruddin’s gunner opened fire from his carbine to disperse the mob. In the ruckus, several people including Santosh Soni, Dr Meena Awasthi, Avinash Vajpayee, Seema Singh, Shanti Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla were injured. However, no major injury was reported to any one. All those injured are alleged to be the BJP supporters.
Supporters of Surendra Mohan somehow managed to take him away from the Kaushik Ji Ka Hata. Local police from the Pheelkhana police station did not turn-up to control the situation. In-fact the Station Officer of the police station ran away.
As the news spread about clashes, within no time all prominent BJP leaders of the city including local MLA Salil Bishnoi, Satish Mahana, Rakesh Sonkar, Sarla Singh, Neeraj Chaturvedi and Satydeo Pachuri reached the Pheelkhana police station. The BJP leaders also gheraoed the police station and demanded action against the SP leader and his supporters. However, no senior police officials were present at the police station. The BJP leaders also exchanged heated words with CO Kotwali Rakesh Jolly and demanded immediate arrest of those responsible for the incident.
The situation could be brought under control when SP, City Sabharaj Singh reached the police station and asked the BJP leaders to handover a written complaint. However, till late in the evening, no FIR was lodged by the police.
Commenting on the issue, the SP City said that after receiving written complaints from both the factions and after carrying out the investigation, the FIRs would be lodged.