‘Assault’ on RSS man in Madhya Pradesh: SIT begins probe, no arrest yet

The BJP government had cracked the whip against junior and senior police officials in connection with the incident.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:October 4, 2016 4:13 am
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh, madhya pradesh rss, bjp madhya pradesh, bjp, rss, madhya pradesh news, idnia news A 2008 picture of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Zia-ul-Haque (right), who is wanted for the alleged assault on the RSS pracharak.

A special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Madhya Pradesh government to probe the alleged attack on RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in Baihar town of Balaghat district on September 25 has started recording statements of witnesses but no arrest has been made so far.

The BJP government had cracked the whip against junior and senior police officials in connection with the incident.

In his late 20s, Baihar Zila Pracharak Yadav is recuperating in a private hospital in Jabalpur owned by a former RSS functionary. He is likely to be discharged soon from Jamdar Hospital as his condition was reported to be better.

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After his arrest for an alleged anti-Islam post, Yadav was first taken to a government hospital in the Balaghat district headquarters and then referred to the private hospital.

“His condition is better. He had contusions on the spleen and liver but was lucky it did not result in anything serious. He has no fracture. He has been shifted to a room from the ICU and is likely to be discharged soon,” said a doctor.

Meanwhile, in a complaint to the National Minorities Commission and the Prime Minister’s Office, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh alleged that no serious injury marks were found when Yadav was subjected to a medical check after the alleged assault.

Singh met the NCM chairman on Monday and wrote to the PM seeking an inquiry into the incident, alleging that Muslims and police officials were feeling insecure at the biased response of the BJP government in the state.

“Yadav’s post was blatantly anti-Islam and a group of Muslims complained against it but the government was protecting the guilty (Yadav) and prosecuting police officials who were doing their job,’’ the AICC general secretary told The Indian Express.

Singh said Baihar police station in-charge Zia-ul-Haque, who is among the seven policemen wanted for the alleged assault, had got in touch with the SP and the latter had authorised an additional SP to arrest the RSS pracharak. The Congress leader alleged that Yadav hurled abuses at the police team and later tried to escape to a nearby medical shop when the police overpowered him and brought him to the police station.

Police officials in Baihar said Yadav was sitting upright when he underwent the medical check-up at the police station.

“I am not saying he was not beaten up by the police but the injuries were anything but serious,’’ said a police
officer, adding that RSS activists insisted on filing a detailed FIR against police officials in the early hours.

“If he was that serious, he should have been taken to hospital immediately and not hours later,” said the police officer.