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Bagga, Punjab cops taken to Haryana police station after being intercepted

This comes a month after Bagga had been booked for his statements against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the latter's views on the movie “The Kashmir Files”.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh, New Delhi |
Updated: May 6, 2022 2:42:01 pm
Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. (File Photo)

Punjab Police Friday arrested BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga from his residence in West Delhi’s Janakpuri area, a month after he was booked for his statements against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the latter’s views on the movie “The Kashmir Files”.

While taking Bagga back to Punjab, the cops’ cavalcade was stopped in Haryana. When the cavalcade reached near Kurukshetra at about 11.30 am, they were asked to stop by the Haryana Police near Kurukshetra. Kurukshetra SP Anshu Singla, Karnal SP Ganga Ram Punia and Ambala SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa were present at the spot. In a separate development, the Delhi Police, under the Union Home Ministry, filed an FIR against the Punjab Police for ‘abduction’.

The Punjab Police officials and Bagga were taken to Thanesar police station. A Haryana police officer told The Indian Express: “We have brought Bagga and the Punjab police team to the Thanesar police station in Kurukshetra. We have questioned the Punjab policemen and the Delhi police team will arrive here shortly.”

When asked as to why the Haryana police stopped them, SP Mohali (rural) Manpreet Singh, who is in Kurukshetra, said: “They are also verifying. It’s their duty.” Responding to allegations that the Punjab Police team misbehaved with Bagga’s father, he added, “There is a proper video recording of the arrest. If there is anything wrong, it will be verified.” According to the SP, Bagga was taken into custody at 9 am on Friday.

Meanwhile, Punjab police has taken a serious view of “illegal detention of Punjab police by Haryana cops”. In a letter to Kurukshetra SP, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni said: “It has come to the notice of… (SSP, Mohali) that the (Punjab) Police party has been stopped by Haryana police on Karnal-Kurukshetra highway. This tentamounts to illegal detention and interference in administration of the criminal justice system. It is submitted that the police party along with the arrested accused (Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga) may be released so that he may be produced before the court of Hon’ble Sh. Ravitesh Inderjeet Singh, JMIC, Mohali (SAS Nagar) well with in time as per law.” Copies of the letter have been sent to DGPs of Haryana and Punjab and SP Karnal too for “information and necessary action”.

Before arresting him, the Punjab Police had intimated the Janakpuri police station. Sources said a team from Punjab came to Janakpuri police station on Friday morning and shared their case details with them. “The Punjab Police informed that they have served five notices under Sections 41-A CrPC to him, but he was deliberately not joining the investigation. The first notice was served on April 9, second on April 11, third on April 15, fourth on April 22 and fifth on April 28. After sharing the details, they sent their team to his house from where he was picked up and taken to Janakpuri police station. They are now completing legal documentation work after making his arrest,” an officer informed.

Responding the arrest, Bagga’s mother told The Indian Express, “The Punjab Police arrived early morning and picked him (Bagga) up from our home. Tejinder was sleeping. He asked if he could wear his slippers and tie his siropa, but they didn’t allow that… When my husband tried to shoot the incident, they snatched his phone and assaulted him too, so he could not inform anyone. He was punched in the face.”

When contacted, Ropar range Deputy Inspector General of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and Mohali’s Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni were not available for the comments.

Reacting to the arrest, BJP leader Kapil Mishra tweeted: “Tejinder Bagga has been arrested by 50 police personnel of Punjab police. He is a true Sikh and they cannot threaten him.”

Bagga had been booked by Punjab Police under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony); 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief); 505 (2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes); and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC, on April 1, 2022. The complaint refers to a statement made by Bagga which it is alleged constitutes instigation/incitement to cause violence, use of force, imminent hurt to Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders, members of Aam Aadmi Party in a pre-designed, well planned, orchestrated manner.

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The FIR was based on a complaint by Punjab AAP spokesperson and Lok Sabha in-charge Dr Sunny Singh Ahluwalia, a resident of Mohali. According to the FIR, a copy of which was accessed by The Indian Express, Ahluwalia said Bagga’s comments were “… criminal intimidation… to cause violence… imminent hurt to Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders in a pre-designed, well planned, orchestrated manner…”.

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