Ghaziabad: MP Babbar visits party workers jailed over Haj House violence
The protesters, nearly 300-400 in number, were demanding that the newly constructed Haj House be opened. The protest then turned violent and some protesters are alleged to have pelted stones and fired at the police, but were dispersed after the police ordered a lathi charge.noida Updated: Aug 03, 2017 22:58 IST
Congress Rajya Sabha MP and state president Raj Babbar on Thursday visited the Dasna jail to meet three jailed district Congress office bearers who were arrested by Ghaziabad police in connection with violent incidents near the Haj House on July 31.
The protesters, nearly 300-400 in number, were demanding that the newly constructed Haj House be opened. The protest then turned violent and some protesters are alleged to have pelted stones and fired at the police, but were dispersed after the police ordered a lathi charge.
Babbar, in retaliation, said that Bajrang Dal workers and Gau Rakshaks are let off scot-free when they cause violence. He said that he had come to meet the jailed workers and let them know that the party is behind them and will ensure that they get justice.
“Our workers were carrying out a peaceful protest at the site and demanding an alternative place for Haj pilgrims. Our leaders have come here to show that the party stands behind its workers. The issue is not related to Muslims or Hindus but is about a social cause. I have come here to inquire if our workers had started the violence. The police have photos and videos, and they can see it for themselves,” Babbar said.
“Two of our workers, including a woman, have been charged under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC but they had no deadly weapons or bombs. Such sections are not imposed on Bajrang Dal workers, Gau Rakshaks and those harassing Dalits. This government has shown that it will cane and harass anyone to such an extent that they hang themselves,” he said.
Following the incident at the Haj House, the Sahibabad police booked the protesters under sections of attempt to murder and rioting of the IPC, besides levying provisions of the Damages to Property Act and Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.
The Haj House was inaugurated last September by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav but it was not opened to pilgrims this year as it is stuck in litigation at the National Green Tribunal. Three petitioners from Ghaziabad have sought its demolition on the claim that the structure has been built on the Hindon floodplains.
In a recent communication, the construction agency Construction & Design Services (a unit of UP Jal Nigam) stated that three floors — 4, 5 and 6 — are yet to be fully constructed and it is awaiting the release of funds for the purpose. Further, the UP Haj committee also said that the facility is yet to be handed over to them and they have made arrangements for Haj pilgrims in Delhi.