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BJP functionary instigated violence in Jabalpur: Digvijaya

Digvijaya Singh.

Digvijaya Singh.  

Congress spreading lies, says State BJP leadership

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday accused a BJP functionary of instigating violence in Jabalpur city, where the police were caught on video damaging parked vehicles after an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest.

The BJP, on the other hand, blamed Mr. Singh and the Congress for “spreading lies” through their claim that the incident of police personnel vandalising properties in Jabalpur, as seen in the video, had actually happened in Uttar Pradesh.

Video circulated

Taking to Twitter, Mr. Singh said, “I have come to know from Jabalpur that the whole incident where police is seen on video throwing stones and vandalising property in Muslim dominated areas, was instigated by a Muslim office-bearer of the BJP.”

Reacting to the tweet, State BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said, “Initially, the Congress circulated the video of the police smashing car windows and vandalising properties at Jabalpur in Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh, stating that it had happened in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.”

Even after the Uttar Pradesh police clarified that the video was from Jabalpur, the Congress leader continues to lie, he added.

The Madhya Pradesh government’s intelligence network is not working properly, Mr. Agarwal claimed, adding that it even transferred the police officers who controlled the violence in Jabalpur.

Following the violence, the State Home Department on Friday transferred Jabalpur’s Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Rajesh Kumar Tripathi and City Superintendent of Police (Gohalpur) Devesh Kumar Pathak to the Police Headquarters in Bhopal.

The video purportedly showing policemen damaging parked vehicles in Jabalpur city of Madhya Pradesh surfaced on social media on December 25.

The video was shared by some people alleging that the incident had taken place in Uttar Pradesh.

The U.P. police’s Twitter handle (@UPPViralCheck) claimed that “the incident shown in the video is not related to @UPPolice, it is a video of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.”

After the video surfaced, Jabalpur’s Superintendent of Police Amit Singh had said the police will verify the authenticity of the video.

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