Protest against paper leak: AAP workers storm BJP office, over 70 arrested

The political atmosphere heated up in Gandhinagar on Monday when workers from the Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by state president Gopal Italia, stormed Shree Kamalam, the state headquarters of the BJP here, over the recent controversy over the leak of the paper. . Police used lathicharge charging to disperse the protesters and about 70 to 80 AAP workers and leaders, including Italy, Isudan Gadhvi and Nikhil Savani, were arrested overnight.

The leaders of both parties have claimed that their members were attacked by workers of the opposite party.

Based on a complaint from a BJP official Mahila Morcha, an FIR was filed against senior AAP leaders, including Italy, Gadhvi, Hasmukh Patel, Savani, Shiv Kumar and Pravin Ram, and another 500 party workers in 22 sections three-act penalties. at the Infocity Police Station in Gandhinagar.

According to the police, AAP workers were arrested for allegedly trespassing on the private property of a political party and clashing with its workers and the police force.

“About 70-80 AAP workers have been detained and the arrest process continues according to protocol after a BJP worker’s complaint became an FIR. The police used a mild latex charge to disperse the AAP workers, ”Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Rana told The Indian Express.

AAP workers have been registered under Sections 452, 353, 354a, 341, 323 of the IPC, the riot sections, 152. 269, 188, 429, 504, 120b, and Sections of the Injury Prevention Act to Public Property and the Law of Epidemic Diseases.

The surprise protest took place in the afternoon when Italy, accompanied by Gadhvi, Savani, Ram and around 200-300 party workers, arrived at the BJP headquarters to protest the leak of the paper. Italy told the media that they had come to deliver a warning letter to the state president of the BJP, CR Paatil, about the leak of paper and corruption in the state.

AAP workers protested for about 20-30 minutes inside the office complex chanting anti-BJP slogans, while demanding the removal of the chairman of the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB), Asit Vora. It was after this that the Gandhinagar police stepped into action and attempted to disperse the protesting AAP workers while resorting to lathicharge charging.

Later, the Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghavi, rushed to the BJP headquarters and held a closed-door meeting with party leaders. “Today, AAP leader Gopal Italia brought some 250-300 workers to our party headquarters. They mistreated the security guard and broke the door to enter the premises. They also verbally abused our party leaders and misbehaved with two female workers, one of whom filed a police complaint, ”said BJP leader Rutvij Patel. He stated that his colleagues had acted in moderation by not resorting to violence throughout the episode.

In her complaint, the female leader has also alleged that Gadhvi was drunk. The police have taken blood samples from Gadhvi to determine whether he was drunk or not. The complaint indicated that despite several warnings from the police and BJP workers, members of the AAP forcibly entered the premises, breaking down the doors. They blocked the sidewalk and then attacked the BJP workers with wooden sticks.

“They also attacked the police personnel at the scene and damaged their vehicles. They made disparaging comments to me and other BJP workers and physically assaulted us, ”reads the complaint from BJP official Mahila Morcha.

Rejecting the BJP’s allegations, AAP leader Savani said: “Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha President Prashant Korat colluded with the police to attack AAP workers who were peacefully protesting. They have attacked us, leaving us seriously injured. The accusations against Isudan (Gadhvi) have been made to defame him. Your blood test has already been done. Soon the accusations that he was drunk will prove false. “

Meanwhile, AAP alleged that BJP workers attacked their peacefully protesting workers. The party’s verified identifier tweeted images of workers allegedly injured in the confrontation.

“This barbaric attack on AAP leaders and workers in Gujarat is highly reprehensible. Voices in the interest of the people cannot be suppressed with sticks or autocracy, ”AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

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