Updated: April 9, 2015 4:33:40 am
The road rage incident has triggered politicking in the capital with both the BJP and the AAP hurling allegations at each other.
Two days after 40-year-old Shahnawaz was beaten to death in an alleged case of road rage near Turkman Gate, the BJP has alleged that he was killed by volunteers of the AAP.
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said local residents had accused MLA Asim Ahmad Khan of pressuring police to first delay the arrest of the culprits and later to file a weak FIR in the matter. Upadhyay asked that Khan, who is the Environment Minister, be dropped from the Cabinet.
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The BJP chief has also written to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi demanding that he probe the role of personnel at Chandni Mahal police station accused of delaying the inquest at the behest of Khan. The two policemen who refused to help Shahnawaz’s sons in the crucial moments should also be inquired, Upadhyay said. The Delhi BJP has also decided to hold a demonstration outside the CM’s residence on Thursday.
The AAP was quick to hit back and said the BJP was playing “politics over victims”. AAP leader Ashutosh said, “It is regrettable that the BJP is playing politics. Their leader has sent messages suggesting that AAP supporters were involved.”
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said, “It is a known fact that the police are under the Union government and they must take responsibility and do more. This duality that the AAP is blamed for police, which is under the Centre, cannot last.”
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