Samajwadi Party MLA Zameerullah Khan Saturday reportedly challenged “anyone who can dare” to arrest the sole absconding accused in the Babri Mandi molestation case, kicking off a storm in an already tense Aligarh, which has been on the boil since the clash between Hindus and Muslims following the molestation incident around two weeks ago.
The BJP has, meanwhile, threatened “mass protest” and demanded that the legislator be arrested for his “infuriating claim”.
Local media had reported Saturday that the MLA, coming out of SSP Luv Kumar’s office in Aligarh, had told reporters that the fourth accused person was “staying at my home”, and “dared” police to arrest him.
“Woh chautha aaropi mere ghar mein hai. Jisme himmat ho aake pakad le use,” he had reportedly said.
Police raided the accused’s house in Babri Mandi Sunday, where officers made announcements over the loudspeaker asking him to surrender.
After waiting for an hour, the team returned empty-handed.
Khan could not be contacted till late Sunday evening despite repeated attempts.
He, however, met Aligarh District Magistrate Rajmani Yadav after the raid in Babri Mandi, and alleged that police “forcefully entered the house while women members of the family were bathing”.
Rejecting the allegation, Station House Officer, Babri Mandi police station, Vinod Yadav said, “No one had entered the house (of the accused) except a woman constable.”
The DM is learnt to have assured the MLA that the matter would be investigated.
As news about Khan meeting with the DM spread, BJP too decided to register its objection on his “provocative statement”.
A delegation of state BJP leaders, including Aligarh Mayor Shakuntala Bharti and MP Satish Kumar Gautam, met with the DM and the SSP on Sunday evening and sought an FIR against Khan.
In a late night development, SSP Kumar issued a showcause notice to the MLA, asking him to explain his claim and also sought to know why action should not be initiated against him.
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