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Day after Patiala court assault: BJP MLA OP Sharma defiant, party backs him, police drag their feet

On Monday, Sharma and his aides were seen chasing and assaulting Jamei outside the Patiala House Courts complex, ahead of the hearing on police custody of arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

Written by Pragya Kaushika , MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2016 3:14 pm
op sharma-jnu student attack759 Sharma beats CPI leader Ameeque Jamei outside Patiala House Courts.

A day after O P Sharma was caught on camera assaulting CPI leader Ameeque Jamei, the BJP closed ranks around its Delhi MLA while police continued to drag their feet on taking action against him.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for action against Sharma to send a “message” to such “disruptive elements”.

On Monday, Sharma and his aides were seen chasing and assaulting Jamei outside the Patiala House Courts complex, ahead of the hearing on police custody of arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

Sharma was at Patiala House to support Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had appeared in court in connection with his defamation case against Kejriwal.

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On Tuesday, Police Commissioner B S Bassi termed the attack on journalists and students as “minor scuffles”. “Two different lines of thought confronted each other in a charged environment. Allegations and counter-allegations have been made,” he said.

Asked about the action against Sharma, Bassi said both parties suffered injuries and that the BJP MLA had been sent for a medical examination.

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Police later said they had registered an FIR in the case based on a PCR call at 3.45 pm on Monday that Sharma has been injured in a scuffle and on Jamei’s complaint against Sharma.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sharma said he was upset at being called names on TV. “I am being called names in every form of media. Some call me goonda, some badmash. But you tell me, what would you do if someone abuses your motherland?” he said.

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Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said a clarification had been sought from Sharma, but claimed his colleague was innocent.

“I have told them that whatever happens, one should not take the law in his hands. But the incidents narrated to me could boil anyone’s blood. One cannot hear abuses against your own nation, irrespective of your affiliation to any political party. And had the CPI leader been innocent, he would have lodged the complaint against Sharma yesterday and completed a medical test like Sharma did,” he said.

Jamei had registered a police complaint hours after being released from hospital on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal wrote in his letter to Modi: “What transpired in the Patiala House Court yesterday was very disturbing. Teachers, students and journalists were beaten up and Police stood there and did nothing… Front pages of all newspapers have carried a picture of BJP MLA O P Sharma beating up a man and he has also been quoted as saying he would open fire if he had a gun. These are circumstances that can cause the system to fail.”

He added: “By taking strict action against disruptive elements and anarchists like O P Sharma, a message should be sent to people that the government will not tolerate such anarchy… I believe if you call O P Sharma and reprimand him, he will not dare to commit such acts in the future. Else, elements like Sharma will think they have the Centre’s support. This belief has to be crushed.”

Asking Modi to break his silence on the issue, Kejriwal wrote, “The country is united against anti-national elements. But is every student opposing the BJP anti-national? No.”

Kejriwal wrote that the task of running universities should be left to academicians and political interference must be done away with. The Chief Minister also asked the PM to ensure that the guilty are identified and punished. Innocents in the case, he wrote, should be released.

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  1. Khushwant Singh Gill
    Feb 17, 2016 at 12:37 am
    Every body should condemn the action of O.P.Sharma who is an elected MLA and Delhi police should take action against him as it has done in case of AAP MLA.s .Because no man is above law .
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      Saurabh
      Feb 17, 2016 at 7:57 am
      Bi you have sold ur IPS uniform to goons. It's very shameful that we have a police officer like you.
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        TIHAEwale
        Feb 17, 2016 at 3:44 am
        Bi who is set to retire this month will try to curry favour with Feku56 as he is trying for a post retirement ignment so nothing surprising in conduct of Delhi Police who are already having a battle with AAP supporters. As an helpless bystanders only thing for certain is Feku56 understands the language of Akela Arvind only
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        1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
          Feb 17, 2016 at 1:18 am
          CBI, Police and other investigative agencies are now cage parrots of BJP. So, there is nothing to be surprised. When BJP will be thrown out of power in 2019, then they will start demanding an independent CBI.
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            Ajay Sunder
            Feb 17, 2016 at 4:26 am
            Forget JNU. First and foremost,the Police Commissioner should be dismissed or at least transferred because the Delhi citizens don't feel secure any longer A case should be registered against the MLA. Whatever he or his patrons have to say should do so in the court.An enquiry should be held as to who was responsible for haring, aulting the media persons After all,they were not criminals but were only performing their duty.
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