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Bhim Army chief detained, takes ill soon after

Soon after his detention, Chandrashekhar developed respiratory problems and was immediately taken to a private hospital in Meerut, where is under medical observation.

lucknow Updated: Mar 13, 2019 16:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Meerut
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Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar admitted at a private hospital in Meerut on Tuesday.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar and a few of his supporters were taken into custody at Kasimpur village of Deoband in Saharanpur on Tuesday for violating the model code of conduct that came into force after the Lok Sabha elections schedule was declared on Sunday.

Police said the leader of the Dalit outfit was marching towards Delhi for his proposed ‘Bahujan Hunkar’ rally scheduled on Friday when he was detained.

Soon after his detention, Chandrashekhar developed respiratory problems and was immediately taken to a private hospital in Meerut, where is under medical observation.

Doctor Ahkam Khan of Anand Hospital, where the Dalit leader is admitted, said, “Chandrashekhar is a patient of polycythemia and he may have developed respiratory trouble due to overcrowding. He is under observation. We have conducted various tests, the reports of which are awaited.”

Meanwhile, Kamal Walia, Saharanpur district president of Bhim Army, and a few other office bearers of the outfit who accompanied Chandrashekhar in the ambulance, alleged that Chandrashekhar was being detained on false charges.

“Chandrashekhar was accused of taking out a march without seeking prior permission from the district administration. The fact is that the Saharanpur district administration had given its permission on March 10. So, we started our march (to Delhi) on Monday evening. The first halt was at Deoband. Nobody obstructed us between Saharanpur and Deoband,” he said.

Walia said that when they reached village Kasimpur on Tuesday afternoon, they found heavy police presence there. “We also have permission from the Muzaffarnagar administration. Our March was supposed to halt in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday night,” he said, showing, what he claimed was the permission letter, on his cell phone.

Walia also accused the police of misbehaving with the women and children who protested against the detention of Chandrashekhar and his supporters. “Bhim Army supporters had gathered there in large numbers to show solidarity with us,” he said.

Walia claimed that the ‘Bahujan Hunkar’ rally would go ahead as per schedule at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on March 15. “A huge gathering will descend there to ensure its grand success,” he said.

‘NO ARREST, ONLY POLICE CUSTODY’

Talking to media persons in Lucknow, Inspector General of Police, law and order, Praveen Kumar, confirmed that Chandrashekhar had been taken into custody for violation of the model code of conduct in Saharanpur.

“Bhim Army chief was taking out the procession without having the necessary permission from the district administration. Extra police force has been deployed in Saharanpur to avert any trouble. SSP Saharanpur, Dinesh Puri, has been asked to keep a close vigil and keep the DGP headquarters updated of every development,” he said.

Circle officer of Deoband, Ajay Sharma, clarified that Chandrashekhar had only been taken into police custody and there was no arrest. “The case registered against him, under violation of code of conduct, doesn’t permit arrest,” said Sharma.

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Caption: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar admitted at a private hospital in Meerut on Tuesday. HT

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 16:31 IST