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Attempts made to attack Jyotiraditya Scindia in Bhopal: Shivraj Chouhan

Attempts made to attack Jyotiraditya Scindia in Bhopal: Shivraj Chouhan
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BHOPAL, MAR 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/14/2020 12:09:17 PM IST

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has condemned the “life-threatening attack” on BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, saying the law and order situation had collapsed in the state.

Some people near Kamla Park area waved black flags at the former Guna MP, who recently joined the BJP, when he was on his way to the city airport on Friday.

“Attempts were made to attack Scindia. Stones pelted at his car. With great difficulty, the driver managed to take the car away from the spot,” Chouhan said.

“You can imagine the kind of situation prevailing in the state. A government which has lost majority is engineering attacks. I strongly condemn this incident and appeal to police and administration to take swift action against those responsible for the attack,” he added.

Twenty-two Congress legislators in MP resigned after Scindia, a former Union minister, quit the Congress earlier this week.

Case against 35 persons over showing black flags to Jyotiraditya Scindia

Police on Saturday registered a case against around 35 unidentified persons in connection with the incident in which BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was shown black flags in the city, an official said.

Congress workers had waved black flags at Scindia in Kamla Park area of Bhopal, when he was on his way to the airport on Friday evening.

Around midnight on Friday, BJP workers had staged a protest at Shyamla Hills Police Station alleging that the Congress protesters not only blocked Scindia’s car, but also attacked him.

During the protest led by BJP’s Bhopal district unit chief, Vikas Virani, the party workers demanded registration of a case against those involved in the incident.

“A case against 30-35 unknown persons was registered under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 147 (rioting) in connection with the incident that took place on Friday evening when Scindia’s motorcade was passing by the Kamla Park area,” an official of Shyamala Hills Police Station said.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had on Friday alleged that Scindia’s vehicle was stopped and stones pelted at it in the “life-threatening attack”.

He had also demanded action against those involved in the “attack”.

“You can simply imagine the kind of situation prevailing in the state. A government that has lost majority is engineering attacks. I strongly condemn this incident and appeal to police and administration to take swift action against those responsible for this attack on Scindia,” he said.

Reacting to BJP’s allegations, state Congress secretary Abdul Nafees said, “Congress workers were protesting peacefully, but the BJP is doing the politics now. The BJP also used to protest against Scindia, but they are misleading when the Congress workers peacefully waved black flags.

“The party workers were angry as Scindia has ditched the party,” he said.

He also alleged that the police have registered the case against the protesters “under pressure from the BJP leaders”.

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