Police on Friday recorded the statements of over 15 eyewitnesses in a case registered against prominent AAP leaders over Wednesday’s violent protest. The FIR in the case was filed after clashes broke out between BJP and AAP supporters on Ashoka Road on Wednesday, leaving 28 people injured.
Police have also asked media organisations to give them uncut footage of the entire incident to help them ascertain the role of leaders named in the FIR during the protest.
he footage will be checked to corroborate the statements given to police by the AAP leaders Shazia Ilmi and Ashutosh.
It would also help them identify the people who indulged in violence, police said.
“We have recorded the statements of eyewitnesses and have also carried out a mechanical inspection of vehicles that were damaged by stone pelting. We have to check the veracity of the statements given by Ilmi and Ashutosh and we will take the help of video footage for it. Eyewitnesses have told us that they were the one’s instigating the mob to break into BJP headquarters. But they have claimed innocence. The investigation in the matter is on,” a senior police officer said.
Police sources said they had prepared a 10-point questionnaire for Ilmi and Ashutosh, asking them why they did not inform police about the protest beforehand.
“We questioned them on who the organiser of the protest was and why they did not disperse despite repeated warnings,” police said.
Ilmi, claiming innocence, reportedly told police that it was a very unfortunate incident and the party will make sure that it did not happen again. She told police that she was going for an interview when she saw the protest and joined it.
“She claimed that the stone pelting began from inside the headquarters by the BJP workers and was not started by the AAP workers. She stated that the AAP leaders were not instigating the mob, but had actually asked them to remain calm. All these things are being verified and a report will be prepared for the same,” the officer said.
Protest outside BJP office was ‘instant reaction’, AAP tells EC
In reply to a showcause notice issued by District Election Officer (DEO) over the protest by its members outside BJP headquarters on Wednesday, the AAP on Friday said it was an “instant reaction” to its chief Arvind Kejriwal’s detention in Gujarat and was not a planned event.
The Delhi Election Commission said it would examine the reply and forward its report to Election Commission of India on Saturday.
In the reply filed by the party general secretary Pankaj Gupta, AAP said it respects the model code of conduct.
“The protest was an instant reaction to the happenings in Gujarat and was not part of campaigning,’’ AAP spokersperson Deepak Bajpai said.
AAP was served a notice by DEO Ameya Abhiyankar for alleged violation of the model code over Wednesday’s violent protest outside BJP’s headquarters in Central Delhi.