Two MPs belonging to the Left parties on Friday claimed that CRPF personnel assaulted them and threatened to kill them, when the parliamentarians tried to stop police from beating up North Eastern students who were protesting in the capital. CPM Lok Sabha MP M B Rajesh and CPI’s Rajya Sabha MP Achuthan said they would move a privilege motion in Parliament.
According to Rajesh, he and Achuthan were beaten up by security personnel outside V P House — a residential apartment for parliamentarians on Rafi Marg — when they tried to stop policemen from beating up students.
“I got a call from one of the students about police lathicharge near Vijay Chowk. I along with Achuthan decided to go there and were waiting for the vehicle when he heard shouting and screaming from the road. We saw police brutally assaulting students. When we tried to intervene, I was beaten and bundled into a police bus. I was beaten up aboard the bus too,” Rajesh told The Indian Express.
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Rajesh alleged that policemen abused the two MPs when they told them that they were parliamentarians.
“They said this is not Parliament and here their writ runs. They even threatened to kill us,” Rajesh said.
He said the men in uniform were from the CRPF and were not Delhi Police personnel. Rajesh said the students were beaten up in the bus and later at the police station.
“Police were not even willing to take injured students to the police station and they shifted 5-6 students after our persistent demands. There also we were asked whether we are doctors. Many of the students, including girls, were injured. I am told the girls were stomped on,” Rajesh said.
Minutes after the two MPs were taken to the police station along with students, top Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja reached the spot.
Rajesh said police later held an identification parade. “But those policemen were missing. They paraded some Delhi Police personnel instead,” he said.
Meanwhile, the parents of Nido Taniam met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said he associated himself with their grief and that “severest punishment” should be given to those guilty of the “most shameful act”.
Nido’s father Pavitra and mother Marina presented a ten-point memorandum in which they demanded capital punishment for the killers and urged the government to declare January 30 as ‘National Anti-Racism’ Day apart from a statue in memory of their son in Delhi.
The PM assured them that all the issues raised in the memorandum would be addressed.