Ex-BJP MLA under scanner for a meeting before violence stepped up

Vaid, who lost the last assembly elections from Trilokpuri, has been asked to clarify the purpose of that meeting.

Written by Prawesh Lama , Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published:October 28, 2014 3:44 am
A lane in Trilokpuri littered with bricks and broken glass, in New Delhi on Monday.(PRAVEEN KHANNA) A lane in Trilokpuri littered with bricks and broken glass, in New Delhi on Monday. (PRAVEEN KHANNA)

A former BJP MLA, Sunil Vaid, has been asked to clarify his role in connection with the riots which broke out in Trilokpuri, East Delhi, last week. Police sources said their investigations revealed that Vaid held a “closed door conference” with his supporters at his office on Friday morning, just before the violence escalated.

Vaid, who lost the last assembly elections from Trilokpuri, has been asked to clarify the purpose of that meeting. Police confirmed that he may be called for questioning later. At least 17 civilians and 40 police personnel were injured in the clashes between Hindus and Muslims, which broke out on Friday and carried on till Saturday afternoon.

Vaid’s alleged role emerged after locals told the police that hundreds of his supporters attended a meeting at his office in Block 21 — one of the riot-hit areas. According to sources, Vaid’s supporters later marched out of the block shouting slogans. A PCR van reportedly noticed the mob leaving his office just before the violence escalated.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Vaid denied that he had been questioned by the police. He claimed he had called the police to complain about their inaction in connection with the incident on Thursday evening, when five youths reportedly created trouble next to the Mata ki Chowki in Block 20.

“Around 200 people came to my office on Friday morning to discuss the police inaction… They wanted the miscreants to be punished.

I called up the area ACP and asked him to come and address their grievances. It is then that we all met the ACP. While we were addressing the crowd at my office, the ACP got a call about the Mata ki Chowki being attacked by a mob. After that, all of them went to the spot to check what had happened,” said Vaid. “I am not involved in the incident. I was not even present at the spot,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested 44 people — 32 Muslims and 12 Hindus — and registered three FIRs in connection with the riots so far. One FIR mentions that Blocks 21-27 were the areas hit by violence. Another 14 people — seven Hindus and seven Muslims — have been arrested for making bogus calls and trying to create a scare among residents.

Among the accused, one Mohammed Irfan is a history sheeter with cases registered against him in Mayur Vihar police station. Police said further investigations are on and more arrests are expected. The police have also obtained video footage of a man firing a gun during the violence. Police said they are trying to identify the man.

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    Awareness4All
    Oct 28, 2014 at 10:37 am
    There is no use of scan, he will come out clean the way Modi came from Gujarat macre.
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      Awareness4All
      Oct 28, 2014 at 10:37 am
      There is no use of scan, he will come out clean the way Modi came from Gujarat macre.
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        Anuj Kapoor
        Oct 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm
        Because they are available on the ground to sort out the issues and not missing from their areas in times of crisis - the question is why are leaders from all other parties are missing in action at any time of crisis (not only riots)
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          dhiraj kumar
          Oct 28, 2014 at 5:08 am
          Police have secured mobile and CCTV footage showing some men from the minority community opening fire with pistols. They are joined by youths, wearing skull caps and helmets, who are throwing stones and bottles at people. The videos have been shot by residents who have handed it over to police. This captures the activities of only one group. It gives no clue about what the group confronting them was doing.The seven people who have sustained gunshot injuries are Hindu and include a teenager who is said to be serious, the source said. Cops are yet to establish who shot them.
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            Kuldip Shah
            Oct 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm
            In my view, all people whether Hindu or Muslim seen in video should be punished with Jail term (which depends on offence) and financial charges. They are culprit just by partiting in un-social act.
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              Kuldip Shah
              Oct 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm
              In my view, all people whether Hindu or Muslim seen in video should be punished with Jail term (which depends on offence) and financial charges. They are culprit just by partiting in un-social act.
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                Nitesh Seth
                Oct 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm
                Because they plant the Riot and after that partite in riot on the ground. I don't know why its very difficult to understand it.
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                  Nitesh Seth
                  Oct 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm
                  Because they plant the Riot and after that partite in riot on the ground. I don't know why its very difficult to understand it.
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                    Nitesh Seth
                    Oct 28, 2014 at 10:06 am
                    why BJP members were involved in every riots took place of India, starting from Advani Rath yatra.
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                      Ravi
                      Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm
                      offf... ye BJP !!!
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                        Ravi
                        Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm
                        offf... ye BJP !!!
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                          Rajiv Pande
                          Oct 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm
                          Because only BJP and RSS have the courage to stand up to Muslim intolerance. All others are worried about votes.
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                            Rajiv Pande
                            Oct 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm
                            Because only BJP and RSS have the courage to stand up to Muslim intolerance. All others are worried about votes.
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                              Joji
                              Oct 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm
                              I think that leaders from other parties are missing inaction at any time of crisis, only because they are not willing to be the cause of crisis or issues
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                                Joji
                                Oct 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm
                                I think that leaders from other parties are missing inaction at any time of crisis, only because they are not willing to be the cause of crisis or issues
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