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VHP: Book Collector for attempt to murder

DEMANDING IMMEDIATE action against District Collector Vivek Aggarwal for his alleged attempt to murder Bajrang Dal City convener Pradeep Nair on the night of December 31, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) City secretary Ajay Mishra warned that the organisation would go to the people if FIR were not filed against the Collector under Section 307 (attempt to murder).

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 11:58 IST

DEMANDING IMMEDIATE action against District Collector Vivek Aggarwal for his alleged attempt to murder Bajrang Dal City convener Pradeep Nair on the night of December 31, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) City secretary Ajay Mishra warned that the organisation would go to the people if FIR were not filed against the Collector under Section 307 (attempt to murder).

Addressing a press conference today at KD Care Hospital, where Pradeep Nair is undergoing treatment, Mishra said that there was hard evidence to prove the point that the Collector took the law in his hands and attempted to kill Nair, as he has been nursing some grouse against the latter for some time. Mishra presented some photographs to prove his point.

“Collector is also an ordinary man under the law and he should be booked under Section 307 for his criminal activities on December 31,” Mishra demanded.

Condemning the incident harshly, the VHP leader said that the Hindu organisation would oppose any events that are against tradition and culture of the country. Some hotel owners in the City are hell-bent on making money by organising vulgar, westernised programmes in the name of New Year celebrations, which would not be tolerated.

VHP had met the Inspector General (IG) of Police two days back to urge him to take action against the Collector. But even after two days, there is no action from the IG, he regretted.

Vehemently refuting media reports that there were serious differences among the Sangh Parivar outfits on the New Year’s Eve incident, Mishra said the entire organisation was backing Nair.

“There are no differences among the Sangh Parivar and the VHP and RSS are very much with the Bajrang Dal on this issue,” Mishra asserted. But, Mishra hastened to add that the Bajrang Dal has nothing to do with the BJP, which is an entirely different political organisation. “We take orders only from the RSS,” he further added.

Talking about the December 31 incident, Nair said he was targeted by the Collector when he and some Bajrang Dal activists were standing on AB Road near Shaniwar Darpan Building. He said that the Collector and SP Adarsh Katiyar reached there and started beating him.

There were several untoward incidents at different places in the City and at several places women were teased, but the Collector did not see that. In fact, Bajrang Dal activists were peacefully opposing the vulgar New Year celebrations in some hotels. “The Collector had earlier also threatened,” Nair said.

Alleging that the Collector had taken huge protection money from the owner of Sayaji Hotel for organising such programmes, Nair said that otherwise what was the reason for the Collector’s special affection towards that hotel.

Nair also alleged that the Collector misused his power to change the medical report. “Though I had sustained serious injuries, the report was manipulated to make it a minor injury,” he said. He said no senior doctors came to treat him at MY Hospital and he was left at the mercy of some medical students. Nair said he would go to the court for justice.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 11:58 IST