The Bheem Army on Tuesday lodged an FIR after pictures of its chief Chandrashekhar appeared in pamphlets seeking support for the Congress candidate to the chairperson’s seat of Ambeta nagar panchayat in Saharanpur.
Rohit Raj Gautam, president of the group’s Rampur Vidhan Sabha constituency area, said he had filed the complaint against the candidate’s husband at Nakud police station on his chief’s orders.
Chowdhary Inaam Shakir, the candidate’s husband, is the incumbent chairperson. With the seat being reserved for a woman this time, his wife Gulshana will contest as the Congress candidate.
“On November 11, some workers told me of pamphlets being distributed in Ambeta town by Inaam Shakir and his aides. A Bheem Army member Vikas objected to this but Shakir did not take cognisance,” said Gautam. “I then spoke to Chandrashekhar, who is under treatment at Meerut hospital. On his directive, I registered a case against Shakir as he is responsible for getting the pamphlets on behalf of his wife.”
Nakud police station house officer Yashpal Singh said the charges against Shakir included IPC sections 171 F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant)and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property). Police have also invoked 127 A of Representation of People Act.
“Complainant has also submitted a pamphlet carrying Chandrashekhar’s picture as evidence. Police have yet to record statement of Shakir in the case,” said SHO Singh.
When contacted, Shakir denied his involvement in printing or distribution of the pamphlets and alleged that it was the handiwork of his opponents.
“I got to know about such pamphlets after the case was registered. No Bheem Army member met or informed me regarding the pamphlets,” he claimed.
He said Chandrashekhar had no influence in the Ambeta town and hence, using his picture did not serve him.
“The pamphlets which I published carried photographs of my father late Mohammad Shakir. Someone removed my father’s photograph and replaced it with Chandrashekhar’s. Someone has deliberately done this to frame me,” said Shakir.
Saharanpur’s Congress district president Javed Sabri said, “The complainant, Rohit Raj Gautam, had asked for a party ticket for the Rampur panchayat chairperson’s post but was denied. This is the reason behind the false allegations.”