Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik, fearing arrest for allegedly provoking her supporters to torch a police station during farmers' stir in Madhya Pradesh, was denied anticipatory bail today by a local court. Karera additional sessions judge Sanjeev Jain dismissed Khatik's anticipatory bail plea filed by her counsel P D Gupta. Karera police in Shivpuri district had registered a case against the woman MLA and some others after a video purportedly showing the legislator instigating her supporters to torch a police station on June 8 went viral. The video was shot when Khatik was leading a protest near Karera police station against the killing of farmers in police firing in Mandsaur. During the protest, police had tried to douse a burning effigy of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, drenching Khatik in the process. The MLA had then held a dharna outside the police station.
The video showed her asking her supporters to set the police station on fire. The police registered a case against her and others for allegedly committing various penal offences including those of rioting and assaulting or using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty.
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