A day after BJP candidate Varun Gandhi surrendered here amid a saffron show of strength,the Pilibhit district administration undertook a damage-control exercise and lodged four FIRs against him over the violence between the police and his supporters.
Varun and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra,who is the BJP’s in-charge of UP elections,have been named in two different FIRs. A total number of 13 persons have been named. As the period for his judicial remand ends on March 30,he would be produced in court on Monday.
The fresh FIRs may go against Varun when the court hears his bail application. If the prosecution wants him to remain in jail,it will have to inform the court about the new case. It could oppose his bail on the ground that he has committed fresh offences. Alternatively,it could seek his remand in the new case,said an advocate. Moreover,the police could arrest him in future at any time.
A wary administration is leaving nothing to chance for Monday,with three companies of the Rapid Action Force,two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and more than one dozen gazetted-rank officers rushing to Pilibhit to prevent Varun’s supporters from gathering before his court appearance. Barricades have also been built near the court premises.
On Sunday afternoon,policemen held a march on the roads of Pilibhit to send a message that no one will be allowed to defy prohibitory orders. Police vehicles blaring sirens drove through the town.
The police have also denied that the Muslim police officer whom Varun’s mother Maneka had accused of firing on protestors was present in Pilibhit on Saturday. “He is posted as SHO of the Bisalpur Police Station and he is not supposed to leave his area,” an SP said. He denied there was any move to invoke the NSA against Varun.
The BJP continued to maintain that Saturday’s show was spontaneous and that they had no plans for Monday’s hearing either. “We never organise such shows,” BJP district president Yogendra Gangwar said.
Although the new FIR against Varun has been lodged under several sections of the IPC,besides Section 5 of the Lok Sampati Nuksan Niwaran Adhiniyam and 125 of the RP Act and contains Varun’s name as an accused,he was under judicial custody at the time of the incident.
“He had made inflammatory statements in front of the media and his supporters before being taken under judicial custody. So his name has figured in the FIR,” explained a policeman of the Kotwali Police Station.
According to Pilibhit police chief Prakash D,another FIR in which Mishra and the BJP’s local leader B K Gupta are named as an accused has been lodged under Section 188 of the IPC. It deals with violation of prohibitory orders promulgated by a government servant.
The third FIR has been lodged by jail authorities regarding the damage done to government properties by Varun’s supporters. The fourth FIR is in connection with the clash between the police and his supporters late on Saturday evening.