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Assault case: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya released on bail

BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya being welcomed after his release on bail on June 30, 2019.

BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya being welcomed after his release on bail on June 30, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Party denies its supporters went on celebratory firing.

The BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit backed Akash Vijayvargiya after the party legislator was released on bail on Sunday, with a spokesman saying he had no reason to regret his assault on a municipal official with a cricket bat as he had acted in public interest.

“Why should he regret the incident when the intention was good? He acted according to the situation,” Gulrez Sheikh, a spokesman for the State unit, said.

Mr. Sheikh ruled out the involvement of the party’s office-bearers in any celebratory firing of guns in Indore on Sunday.

 

“We are not sure if those responsible were our workers, but no office-bearers or representatives were involved. As a party, we are against celebratory fire. Moreover, you can’t rule out the possibility of other political parties being involved in the incident for political mileage,” he said.

Viral video

A video posted on social media showed some persons firing celebratory gunshots outside the party office in Indore after Mr. Vijayvargiya was released on bail on Sunday morning. In the video, the group, holding party flags and dancing, was seen firing in the air outside the office in the Sanyogita Ganj area.

The police, however, said the celebratory firing had not occurred on Sunday. “The incident did not happen today as Mr. Vijayvargiya was given police cover,” Mohammed Yusuf Qureshi, Superintendent of Police, Indore East, told The Hindu over telephone. “It could have taken place at 6 p.m. yesterday [Saturday] when the bail was announced or at the time of the Assembly election results earlier. We are checking CCTV footage to ascertain details,” he said.

Earlier, after being released, Mr. Vijayvargiya told ANI that he did not regret thrashing a municipal official with a cricket bat, as he had been left with no other option when women were being mistreated during a demolition drive.

“I am not guilty or embarrassed about what I did as it was in public interest,” ANI quoted him as having said. “A woman was being dragged brutally in front of the police and I couldn’t think of doing anything else ... I pray to god I am not compelled to pick up the bat again.”

Mr. Vijayvargiya, who is the son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, was arrested on June 26 for allegedly assaulting a municipal official with a cricket bat over an argument with civic officials during the demolition drive.

In this video still BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya is seen assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore.

In this video still BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya is seen assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore.   | Photo Credit: PTI

 

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