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BJP asked Delhi Police to 'torture' us for exposing MCD corruption: AAP

Four AAP MLAs, who were booked for indulging in violence, on Thursday alleged that the BJP had instructed Delhi Police to "torture" them and to file an FIR against them


Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Aam Aadmi Party workers celebrate the party's success in Delhi Assembly polls at Shivaji Chowk, Vashi in Navi Mumbai. Photo: PTI

Four MLAs, who were booked for indulging in violence, on Thursday alleged that the had instructed Delhi Police to "torture" them and to file an FIR against them as they were exposing corruption in the municipal corporations.

Nine police personnel, including an ACP, were injured when a protest by around 2,000 sanitation staffers had turned violent on Wednesday, an official said.

The workers were protesting the SDMC's reported proposal to privatise sanitation work in Delhi, and the police filed a case against four MLAs who participated in the stir.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia said the protesters blocked the road and attacked police personnel when they tried to stop them.

MLAs Rakhi Birla, Kuldeep Kumar, Akhilesh Tripathi and Rohit Kumar and some volunteers had joined the sanitation workers in their protest outside the Civic Centre against a bill to reportedly privatise sanitation work.

Addressing a press conference, Tripathi claimed they were holding a peaceful protest and the registration of an FIR was a "tactic" of the to scare them.

"The instructed the Delhi Police to torture us and to file FIR to scare us because we were exposing the BJP's anti-Dalit mindset and corruption in MCDs," he said.

Kumar said the AAP will not be scared by such intimidation and will always protest against anti-Dalit laws and the mindset of the BJP.

Mehraulia and Birla claimed that during Wednesday's protest, male officers of Delhi Police manhandled the women protestors of AAP and sanitation workers and said the BJP should be "ashamed".

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, October 29 2020. 23:58 IST