Unfazed BJP hands out sarees in Delhi

Published on May 09, 2004 05:24 PM IST

Police on Sunday seized 12 sarees which were allegedly being donated in Sadar constituency to woo voters in favour of BJP's Vijay Goel.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

Delhi police on Sunday seized 12 sarees which were allegedly being distributed in a slum cluster in Delhi Sadar constituency in an attempt to woo voters in favour of BJP candidate and Union Minister Vijay Goel.

Police have registered a case and sent a report to the returning officer in this connection, police sources told PTI.

A policeman Devendra Singh, attached to Goel as Personal Security Officer has been accused of being involved in distribution of sarees on behalf of the candidate and an inquiry has been ordered against him, they said.

Police conducted a raid in the slum colony situated on Roshanara Road in Subji Mandi area after Congress candidate Jagdish Tytler lodged a complaint that Goel was distributing sarees among slum dwellers to woo them, sources said.

A police team seized 12 sarees from the spot, they said.

A case was registered under Section 171 (E) of Representation of People's Act, a non congnisable offence, sources said.

Tytler alleged that Goel had been distributing sarees for the last few days and the Congress workers were waiting to "catch them red-handed."

He said that they got information today about distribution of sarees in Sita Sharan jhuggi colony on Roshanara Road and workers rushed to the spot to catch them and police were also called.

Goel on the other hand denied his involvement saying that it was a ploy of the Congress to frame him.

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