Investigation into last week’s clash in Bijnor district, in which three people were killed and 12 others sustained injuries, has revealed that a local BJP worker, along with a private gunner of a local businessman, was present at the spot when the firing took place, police said Tuesday.
“We have got video clippings and evidence that prove that BJP worker Aishwarya Choudhary and his two associates — local businessman Arun Kawadi and his private gunner— were present at the spot. We are verifying their roles,” Bijnor SP Umesh Srivastava said.
City Kotwali police Station House Officer Rishi Ram Katheria said, “Besides the video footage showing Aishwarya Choudhary at the clash spot, we have also collected call detail records of his mobile phone which confirm that he was present at Pedda village when the clash occurred.”
Choudhary is an active member of the party, said BJP’s Bijnor district president Rajeev Sisodia.
Till now, 11 people have been arrested for the firing and the police are planning to move court to seek the order for attachment of properties of the remaining 16 absconding accused, said the SP.
Meanwhile, Union Minister and BJP MP from Muzaffarnagar, Sanjeev Balyan, attempted to visit the village on Monday, but was stopped by the district administration. Balyan stayed in the city and met families of the accused belonging to Pedda and its neighbouring villages — Kachpura and Nayagaon.
When contacted, Balyan claimed that the clash took place after Hindu girls were eve-teased by youths from the Muslim community, and not the other way round as claimed by the police. “Those who have been named as accused in the case are actually victims, whose daughters were eve-teased by youths from the other community. I demand a CBI probe into the incident because Bijnor police is not investigating the matter in a fair manner,” he said, adding that the police were harassing the villagers and their relatives.
Local MP Bhartendra Singh, who visited the clash site on Monday, also reiterated Balyan’s claim. “Actually, the incident took place when two Hindu girls were talking at a bus stop near the village. Two Muslim youths forcibly drove their motorcycle in between the two girls. This led to the clash later,” Singh said.