Police form dragnet outside UP Assembly to apprehend BJP MLAs but turn mute witness

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly and the BJP headquarters here witnessed high drama on Wednesday following reports that two party MLAs, Sangeet Singh Som and Kunwar Bhartendu Singh, would be arrested by the police for their alleged role in fanning communal violence in Muzaffarnagar. Mr. Som was present in the Assembly.

However, the hour-long drama fizzled out as neither of the MLAs was arrested, but not before former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Charkhari MLA Uma Bharti pitching for them. Ms. Bharti, who had earlier participated in the House debate on Muzaffarnagar communal violence — her first since becoming an MLA — warned the Akhilesh Yadav government of “dangerous consequences” if her party MLAs were arrested. Accusing the Chief Minister of going back on his words, Ms. Bharti said a proper investigation should be conducted before the MLAs are arrested. She demanded that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan should also be arrested on the same grounds.

Arrest warrants were issued by a local court in Muzaffarnagar against the two BJP MLAs, Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Muzaffarnagar, Qadir Rana, and two BSP MLAs, Noor Saleem Rana and Jameel Ahmed, for delivering inflammatory speeches on August 30 and September 7. They have been named in separate FIRs lodged by the Muzaffarnagar police. Warrants have also been issued against Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait, and former Congress MP Harendra Malik. Mr. Som has also been named in the FIR pertaining to the fake video which was uploaded on Youtube following the Kawal incident of August 27.

No warrant has been issued against the leader of the BJP Legislature Party, Hukum Singh, despite having been named in the FIR related to delivering an alleged inflammatory speech at the Jat mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on September 7. The police had laid out a dragnet around the Vidhan Bhawan building ostensibly to arrest…

BJP legislature party leader named in FIR; Uma Bharti warns UP govt. of “dangerous consequences”

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