Lucknow: In a shocking incident on Wednesday, a legislator from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was allegedly thrashed by cops inside a police station in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. Politicians say that this is the first such incident in the State where a legislator was beaten up by the police.
Rajkumar Sahyogi, the MLA, had reportedly approached the local police station to intervene in a case against one of his party colleagues. The altercation between him and the cops escalated in physical violence.
Sahyogi, who called local media persons to the police station to explain his plight, claimed, “Three senior inspectors beat me for no reason. I had gone there in connection with a case against my colleague.”
The cops however said that it was in fact Sahyogi who picked up fight with senior police officers, prompting them to give him equal measure.
It was unclear who started it first.
A huge crowd had gathered in the area and tensions ran high enough that that shops and establishments in the area shut their shutters.
Finally, Member of Parliament Satish Gautam (BJP) reached the police station to resolve the matter. His video asking the Superintendent of Police to quash the case against the BJP member then went viral.
What was the case?
BJP member Rohit Varshney was going to the gym along with his brother on August 2. On the way, they clashed with another group of men. During this altercation, Rohit got a head injury and his brother broke his wrist bone. Both the sides filed police cases against each other.
The MLA alleges that the police filed a case against the Varshney brothers was after receiving a bribe from another group.
Condemning the entire incident, Congress leader Anshu Awasthi said, “This incident itself explains how law and order has gone out of hand in Uttar Pradesh. Citizens, opposition parties and even some police officers have been complaining about neck deep corruption in the police department. Now, BJP legislator himself is saying this. Police are committing all kinds of crimes including fake encounters and corruption, thanks to political patronage. The government is busy in image management only.”