Ashutosh, Shazia Ilmi taken for questioning over clashes with BJP

The AAP leaders accused the Delhi Police of targeting the AAP.

New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2014 6:42 pm

AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi, booked for rioting and damaging public property during clashes with BJP workers, have been brought for questioning by Delhi Police.

Ilmi, who was picked up by a team of women police personnel from her Greater Kailash residence, was brought to Parliament Street Police station for questioning, police said.

Journalist-turned politician Ashutosh, picked up from AAP’s Model Town office, is on his way to the Parliament Street police station. AAP leader and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti has also reached the police station.

An FIR was lodged last night at Parliament Street Police station against Ilmi and Ashutosh and other AAP volunteers in connection with clashes outside BJP headquarters. Police had initially detained 33 people out of which 14 were arrested late last night while others were allowed to go. A local court granted bail to those 14 AAP volunteers this afternoon.

“All those identifiable and present at the protest site have been named in the FIR,” a senior Delhi Police official said.
Around 28 people, including 13 AAP activists and 10 BJP supporters, were injured in the clashes, police said.

Ilmi accused the Delhi Police of targeting the AAP and wondered why no action was being taken against BJP activists. “Yesterday, we got to see the discrimination of Delhi Police, which joined BJP to disperse AAP supporters staging silent protest. Police could not see bricks, stones and chairs being thrown from the inside of BJP Headquarter… They could only see people much later retaliating. Police were protecting BJP supporters,” Ilmi claimed.

Police have termed the AAP protest as completely illegal as no prior permission was sought by the party. Ashutosh also accused Delhi Police of bias against AAP workers. “AAP supporters were injured in the clash. BJP leaders beat up our supporters. Delhi Police takes action when flower pots at BJP office were damaged but they didn’t take action when our supporters were injured,” he claimed. Police said they have got the entire sequence of events videographed. Senior officials said more arrests are likely in the case.

Here are the highlights:

# After Ashutosh, Shazia Ilmi taken away for questioning over clashes between AAP and BJP supporters on Wednesday.

# AAP supporters blocking the police vehicle.

# Somnath Bharti says AAP will file FIR against BJP workers over Wednesday’s clashes.

# Meanwhile, the 14 AAP workers arrested in connection with yesterday’s clashes granted bail.

# Delhi Police reach AAP leader Shazia Ilmi’s residence for questioning her over clashes between her party and BJP supporters on Wednesday.

# AAP leader Ashutosh accompanies Delhi Police for investigations over AAP-BJP clashes, says I am a law abiding citizen of India…I will fully cooperate.

# Ashutosh appeals AAP supporters not to indulge into violence, maintain peace.

# Delhi Police reach AAP’s office to arrest Ashutosh.

# Election Commission issues notice to AAP for holding protests.

# The AAP is gearing up to file a complaint with the Election Commission against the saffron party, AAP’s media coordinator Deepak Bajpai said.

# According to Bajpai, the party is also mulling filing a police complaint against the BJP supporters.

# Ilmi accused the Delhi Police of targeting the AAP and wondered why no action was being taken against BJP activists.

# Ashutosh also accused Delhi police of bias against AAP workers.

# AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised for his party workers’ behaviour in Delhi and Lucknow while protesting his “detention” and urged them to stick to non-violence.

# Fourteen AAP members were arrested after Delhi Police registered an FIR in connection with the clashes.

# Police had initially detained 33 people out of which 14 were arrested late last night while others were allowed to go.

AAP workers had on Wednesday clashed with BJP activists outside the saffron party headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow after Arvind Kejriwal’s car was damaged in Gujarat in retaliation to protests against his brief detention in the state. 28 people, including 13 AAP activists and 10 BJP supporters, were injured in the clashes, police said.

Clashes began after Kejriwal was briefly detained in Gujarat as he began a four-day tour to “assess” development in Narendra Modi’s home state. Around 3 pm, when he was at his third stop at Radhanpur in Patan district, he was taken to the police station for an alleged violation of the model code of conduct.

Senior AAP leaders including Ashutosh and Anand Kumar — both candidates in the Lok Sabha elections — former Delhi minister Rakhi Birla, and Shazia Ilmi too joined the protest. Ilmi denied that AAP supporters were responsible for the violence, and said the protest was a reaction to the detention of Kejriwal in Gujarat.

Police had termed the AAP protest as completely illegal as no prior permission was sought in this connection by the party.

Police have also got the entire sequence of events videographed and senior officials said that more arrests are possible after identification in the video footage.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Onyx Cleaner
    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    According to CNN-IBN, Dr. Harshvardhan has said BJP has ped a censure motion and is asking President to dissolve AAP in public interest..
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      alok pandey
      Mar 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm
      Yeaah only Arvind and Congress are real and true in terms of your opinion. The AAP is creating a propaa by doing such things to get remain in media and get sympathy votes. They even themselves have no concrete plans, issues to address people except their fake promises, dramas.
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        Anubha Dixit
        Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am
        On the other side, we can see AAP workers going violent and doing things just to seek publicity. I can't understand what AAP is trying to prove by doing all this
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          Anubha Dixit
          Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am
          The detention of Arvind Kejriwal by the Gujarat police, without providing any justifiable reasoning shows us how much insecure Modi is. He is a fake politician
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            James Bond
            Mar 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm
            DElhi superman has followers who are goondas not only they sleep on streets but they do goondgiri on streets.
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              Himani Kansal
              Mar 6, 2014 at 9:12 am
              It’s so intolerant of the AAP workers and some of it’s leaders to indulge in the so called dharna against Arvind’s detention in Gujarat.
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                therealINDIAN
                Mar 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm
                Can anyone please answer that why every AAP protest comes immediately after expose of some scam by UPA govt. ? Only thing they exposed from congress side was Vadra which was already exposed by Khemka and Dr. Swami..
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                  Namit Kumar
                  Mar 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm
                  Time tested technique of intimidation honed by Modi is at play here.
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                    rsn MURTHY
                    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:48 am
                    WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM INDICIPLINED PERSONS
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                      Ravinder Kapkoti
                      Mar 6, 2014 at 9:08 am
                      I think its the blatant misuse of power (corruption!) by the parties when they start using the state machinery for selfish political gains
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                        Raj
                        Mar 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm
                        AAP should quickly learn that Modi uses police and other means to break the opposition. Right now the police is no different from the police under the British and they will use all the tricks of the trade to attack AAP, which has been the Delhi police's enemy number one. What Kiran Bedi meant by experience was this and not the governance for the people, but the stable governance to keep the status quo for the betterment of the corrupt.
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                          S.Suchindranath
                          Mar 7, 2014 at 7:20 am
                          Accusations that the Police or the Courts are partisan are redundant. Of course they are. Even India's Consution and laws are. India is about "fixing" things to favour the selected preferred at the cost of the rest.
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                            Suman
                            Mar 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                            Foreign media reported incident as party been infiltrated with HOOLIGANS lead by a DIRECTION-LESS leader Arvind Kegriwal.
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                              vipin garg
                              Mar 6, 2014 at 11:32 am
                              AAP is being propped up by the media, particularly some tv channels , to stop BJP from coming to power.
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                                aamaadmin_chn
                                Mar 6, 2014 at 11:52 am
                                yesterday w nation clearly saw who throws Chair from inside the campus, is this not EC is seeing or they do not want to see
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                                  Winning Edge
                                  Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 am
                                  AAP went over to BJP's house uninvited and got the treatment it deserves. The Goons deserves to be punished.
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