After an enraged Raj Babbar — the Congress candidate for the Ghaziabad constituency — lashed out at police for videographing him during campaigning, the Ghaziabad police initiated an investigation into the matter.
Actor-turned-politician Babbar was addressing a gathering in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad, when he spotted several police officers video-graphing him. Taking a dig at them, he said, “Jo aparadh karne wale hain, unko toh rokenge nahi… sharam nahi aati hai inko”. (Those who commit crimes aren’t caught. They feel no shame).
Babbar, whose poll campaign focusses strongly on better policing in Ghaziabad, also lashed out police personnel for the city acquiring a bad reputation.
“Aye din Ghaziabad ka naam badnaam ho raha hai… topi aur wardi pahan ke ghoom rahe hai ye log” (With every passing day, Ghaziabad’s image is getting tarnished… these people walk around in their uniforms and caps),” Babbar said, referring to police personnel.
Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh confirmed that a probe had been ordered. “We have seen the video recording of the incident and are investigating the matter. If Raj Babbar is found guilty, strict action will be initiated against him,” Singh said.
The incident comes a day after Babbar had a disagreement with police after they tried to stop the Congress leader from campaigning allegedly without permission.
Congress party workers had, however, claimed that Babbar was meeting party workers at a member’s house.
“He was just discussing campaign details. Police turned up and asked if we had permission to campaign. How is sitting at a party worker’s house counted as campaigning?” Narendra Rathi, a Congress worker, said