Delhi Police have booked AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and his supporters for allegedly inciting a crowd to damage a fence at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and beating the hospital’s security personnel. A case was registered against Bharti and his supporters at Hauz Khas police station, but the former Delhi Law Minister has denied all charges.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Nupur Prasad said R S Rawat, the chief security officer of AIIMS, gave a written complaint on September 9 regarding the incident. “Around 9.45 am, Bharti, along with his 300-odd supporters, provoked the mob into damaging the fence of the hospital with JCB at Gautam Nagar Nallah road in order to give unauthorised persons access inside AIIMS property,” states the complaint.
In his complaint, Rawat also alleged the group abused the security personnel and disrupted the peace of the hospital. “No government official was present with them and they were not showing any legal documents related to their drive. Six security personnel were injured while trying to intervene and stop Bharti and his supporters from damaging AIIMS property,” he claimed.
“Following the complaint of R S Rawat, the medical examination of six security personnel was conducted and a case was registered under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of his public functions), 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty) and 3/4 Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at Hauz Khas police station,” she added.
Reacting to the allegations, Bharti tweeted, “AIIMS is lying. They have been denying legitimate access to Gautam Nagar residents. AIIMS even refused to PWD meetings. Wherever common man will be troubled I will go. D allegation that residents dismantled the wall is a blatant lie. I will fight in court.” he said in a series of tweets.
“It’s wrong on the part of channels to show it as a scuffle issue between AIIMS guards and residents. The contentious wall was between the two sides… Hundreds of residents of Gautam Nagar n Masjid moth including SHO (Station House Officer) Hauz Khas and other police officers were witness to the demolition.” “Come what may, this wall will have to go in the larger interest of Gautam Nagar, Masjid Moth, Niti Bagh and rest of ward 164 residents,” he tweeted.
The AAP MLA from Malviya Nagar had been in the news recently for domestic violence, molestation and promoting enmity. Around a month and a half ago, a case was registered under Section 109 (abetment) of the IPC at Saket police station against Bharti for allegedly instigating some of his supporters to misbehave with a woman.