Inspector facing RSS ire: ‘They have ensured police won’t touch them again’

Accused of beating Yadav at the RSS office and in custody, he and seven other police officials have been charged with attempt to murder, rioting, criminal intimidation and robbery.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: October 17, 2016 9:29 am
madhya pradesh, bhopal, rss, madhya pradesh rss, bhopal rss, RSS Baihar, RSS Balaghat, india news, indian express RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav at Baihar police station after his arrest. Express

“I think their ego was hurt. But now they have succeeded in setting an example so that police officials won’t dare touch them again,” said 37-year-old Town Inspector Zia-ul-Haque, who has been on the run since the arrest of zila pracharak Suresh Yadav from the RSS office in Baihar town of Balaghat district on September 25. Haque, since suspended, was in-charge of the Baihar police station. Accused of beating Yadav at the RSS office and in custody, he and seven other police officials have been charged with attempt to murder, rioting, criminal intimidation and robbery.

Nearly 90 per cent of the staff at the police station was Hindu, but it was his religion that got highlighted, Haque said, speaking to The Indian Express from an undisclosed location. Given his religion, he had got used to observing caution while dealing with communal situations over the years, he added. He had once been accused of supporting a Muslim candidate in a local poll, Haque said.

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On September 24 and 25, Muslims came to the Baihar police station complaining about an “anti-Islam” WhatsApp message by Yadav. A cautious Haque spoke to the superintendent of police before proceeding towards the RSS office. Additional SP Rajesh Sharma led the team. The claim that police were accompanied by Muslim complainants was a lie, he said.

Pained at the charge that he kept assaulting Yadav, who repeatedly fell unconscious, Haque said, “The police team booked Yadav only after confiscating his mobile from which the WhatsApp message was sent.” Yadav’s first medical report did not speak of any serious injury at all, he said.

Haque recalled spending the night cowering in a room above the police station after it was surrounded by hundreds of slogan-shouting Hindu activists following Yadav’s arrest. They demanded that he be handed over to them, Haque said, called him names and said he should be sent to Pakistan.

Lashing out at his seniors for “deserting” them, Haque, who joined the police force in 2007, said, “The police department did not stand by us while ministers called on Yadav… I don’t have faith in the Special Investigating Team (which is probing the incident) or the police force.”

The RSS leader, who is admitted in Jabalpur Hospital since the alleged beating, has been visited by three ministers, including Home Minister Bhupendra Singh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was abroad when the incident happened, praised RSS pracharaks following the episode, calling them epitome of sacrifice.

Even after the row broke out, Haque said, he thought the worst that would happen was he would get suspended. “I never thought I would have to go through something like this.”

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    Ab
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:23 am
    IE, this is one of the most biased coverage of story in print media. At least try to give perception of other side as well, if you are incapable of restraining yourself giving verdicts in your reports
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      hayatlives
      Oct 17, 2016 at 5:03 am
      Pyaare chaddi...aap to antaryaami bhi ho....
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        hayatlives
        Oct 17, 2016 at 4:49 am
        Where is Arnab goswami ??
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          IslamForFools
          Oct 16, 2016 at 11:21 pm
          Jihadi milind ghatwai you traitors know that we Hindus, rss are being genocided day in and day out, we Hindus are victims of your fking Allah, your fking jihad and your fking regressive Islam, but still you trying to portray Hindus as culprits and Islamic terrorists as victims. I hope day comes when Hindus make you junk jihadi jurnos to run for life.
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            SubbuI
            Oct 17, 2016 at 5:21 am
            NOW LIKE COW RAKSHAKS COLLECT PROTECTION MONEY IN HARYANA,UP,MP,RAJASTHAN.GUJARATH AND IN OTHER STATES, NOW THESE RSS THUGS ARE CONTROLING LAW AND ORDER AND POLICING LIKE "TALIBAN" DID IN AFGANISTHAN IN 90s. THESE THUGS CAN NOW BE CALLED" MODIBAN" FROM NOW ON AS THEY GOT FULL BLESSING OF NALAYAK NMODI.THIS IS ONLY FIRST TIME SUCH INCIDENT IS DARINGLY REPORTED BY IE.BUT IT IS HAPPENING IN ALL BJP RULED AND RSS STRONG HOLD AREAS FOR LAST 11/2 YEARS UNUBATED. NOW MODIBAN IS SPREADING IN NE ALSO
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              MakeInIndia
              Oct 17, 2016 at 4:01 am
              Is India a Sharia complaint country ? why should any one be arrested for " Anti islamic post " on whatsap ?
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                abdul hamid
                Oct 17, 2016 at 7:26 am
                sick in mind media and right wingers
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                  anil misra
                  Oct 17, 2016 at 5:55 am
                  We are increasingly becoming law breaking society. Our political leadership is promoting the culture of violation of rule of law by their caders. People who are honestly trying to perform their duty are humiliated and hounded and hared by these politicians and their goons. We are becoming lawless society.
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                    arun
                    Oct 17, 2016 at 9:43 am
                    Again IE not giving full picture. Just select and publish bits and pieces to vilify RSS. Its a known fact that the problem was started by the muslim community in that area and they started violence against the hindu community in the area. But that was not published until the hindus had no option but to retaliate and some of the hindu activists joined the efforts.
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                      Ashish Biswas
                      Oct 17, 2016 at 7:30 am
                      Let Indian Express be bold and get the true story.The inspector has acted with vengeance. A PROPER INQUIRY IS A MUST.
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                        PN badri
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 10:42 am
                        Generally our political personalities wants royal treatment in police stations and RSS is boss of BJP and naturally that also wants special treatment like other politicians from law and order authorities.
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                          B. SRIDHAR
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 5:17 am
                          This is called one sided reporting. No doubt, if the Inspector is threatened, RSS needs to be taken up. But look at the media coverage of m brutal murders being committed by the Commie cadre in Kerala in the last two years. None of the MSM had the guts to report and go after the impotent police force in kerala. Now with the CPM at the helm, things have gone worser and none in the MSM including this news paper which boasts of JOURNALISM WITH COURAGE is shamelessly silent because it is the RSS cadre which is being murdered. And the entire media including this newspaper doesnot even dare to report brazen Islamic threat in West Bengal! Such is the shameless standards of news reporting of today!
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                            Chaitanya Sharma
                            Oct 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                            Only one side of the story is being reported. Biased!
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                              Deeply Concerned
                              Oct 17, 2016 at 1:26 am
                              So who wiil ask these issues be raised in BRICS and UN and hiw should RSS and BJP be designated as????
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                                DA
                                Oct 17, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                Shouldn't there have been an attempt to get the other side of the story? It is hardly breaking news that police in India resort to custodial violence. Why would that be such an unlikely event?
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                                  PS Azurite
                                  Oct 17, 2016 at 11:01 am
                                  Overall police forces in India is corrupt because of POLITICIANS. They never want them to work sincerely. Now it is the turn of BJP/RSS to corrupt the forces further. Until we find straight forward politicians, the police forces have to remain corrupt. We lost all the good politicians by 60s and latest by 70s who were part of freedom movement. Present gen politicians including RSS cadres are behaving like local goons. Literally they collect protection money from vendors and business establishment in the name of volunteer donations.
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                                    Raghu Panjala
                                    Oct 17, 2016 at 6:44 am
                                    For Law and order ,just like some one is arrested for Mohan Bhagwat caricature or any anti hindu post.
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                                      vinayak
                                      Oct 17, 2016 at 4:34 am
                                      How dare the Cops arrest patriotic RSS workers or BJP politicians ?lt;br/gt;Well done to Shivraj Chauhan Govt for teaching the Cops a lesson by bringing a slew of charges against the Cops , including attempt to murder, robbery, tresp and criminal intimidation.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you have to arrest someone , you can always arrest members of AAP or some poor dalits who are transporting animal carces .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But patriotic BJP,RSS workers must never be questioned or touched , regardless of the nature of their activities.
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                                        Jai
                                        Oct 17, 2016 at 5:00 am
                                        RSS draws its strength from Hindutva driven politics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thank goodness for the Leftists in JNU who are fighting these religious bigots. May the tribe of JNUites increase.
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                                          brics
                                          Oct 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm
                                          Justice will prevail one day for Muslims as bhagat Singh says sacchai ki jeet hone mein der toh lagti h lekin sacchai ki jeet zarror hoti h
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                                            JayHind
                                            Oct 17, 2016 at 3:32 am
                                            RSS IS ONE TES TICLE OF E V I L BRITISH
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