Cross FIRs were registered Friday night in the alleged attack by Congress workers on AAP’s Amethi Lok Sabha candidate Kumar Vishwas and his supporters in Jagdishpur block.
An FIR was registered against Sindurwa village pradhan Ishaq Ahmed and 25 others at the Kamrauli police station on a complaint filed by Kiran Negi of AAP. SP (Amethi) Heera Lal said the FIR was registered under “IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 352 (assault or criminal force other than on grave provocation), 354 (outraging modesty of a woman), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).”
Similarly, another FIR was lodged against Kumar Vishwas and 60 others on a complaint by Ishaq Ahmed, “under IPC sections 147, 153, 323, 352, 504 and 506.
AAP workers alleged they were ambushed by Congress workers when they had gone to Sindurwa village for campaigning Friday afternoon.
On Saturday evening, AAP also held a workers’ conference and took out a silent march from Maurya guest house in Amethi to Gandhi chowk.
The march was led by Kumar Vishwas and senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, who reached Amethi early in the morning. Sisodia, in his first visit to Amethi, likened the atmosphere to that of pre-election in the New Delhi assembly constituency from where party convenor Arvind Kejriwal defeated the incumbent CM Shiela Dikshit.
AAP workers also alleged that Congress leaders have called history-sheeters from across the country to Amethi in the next two-three days.
3 women from UP in AAP’s sixth list
Three women are among a total of 10 persons from UP announced as candidates of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday.
Besides Shazia Ilmi, who has been fielded from Ghaziabad, Dilkees Bano would be contesting from Dhaurahra and Abhilasha Jathav from Jalaun (SC) as AAP candidates.
Dilip Yadav, an RTI activist who has been fielded from Etah, used to run a coaching institute in Delhi and Haryana but closed it to focus on party work. Aftab Alam Khan, who used to run a coaching institute, too, left it to support AAP. Credited with working towards strengthening the party in his region, Khan has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar.
Dinesh Chandra Gautam, an advocate, has been fielded from Barabanki. Anuj Garg, who is the Managing Director of a journalism college in Delhi, has been fielded from Mathura. He has also been running a charitable trust for the past 12 years. Others in the list are Bharat Singh (Ballia), Amar Singh Rathore (Banda) and Virendra Kumar Sonker (Macchlishahr).
Vishwas’ open letter to Rahul
In an open letter to the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, apparently tired of attacks by Congress workers in Amethi, sought a suitable place and time from Rahul to face “the bullets of Congress goons.”
“If you think such incidents [of attacks on AAP] will strengthen democracy, we are ready to face your goons. If Congress’ win is by assassinating me or rendering me unable to walk, then I request you to tell me a date and a place and I will come there to face bullets from your goons,” Kumar said in his letter.
Before Friday’s clash with Congress workers, AAP and Congress workers had a run-in on February 21.