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Bijnor clash: BJP worker, aides booked for ‘firing, inciting mob’

Raids are being conducted to arrest Aishwarya and Sonu, who are on the run.

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In UP’s Bijnor district, after the violence. Photo Gajendra Yadav

NINE DAYS after a clash in Bijnor district left three people dead and 12 others injured, police have booked a local BJP worker and two of his associates on charges of inciting the mob and firing at members of the other community. The move comes after investigations into the clash on September 16 in City Kotwali police station area revealed the involvement of BJP worker Aishwarya Choudhary, his close associate Arun Kawadi and the latter’s private gunner Sonu.

“It has been established from video clippings and call details records that Aishwarya and Sonu were present at the spot before the clash started. Aishwarya came to know about the matter through one Kunwar Sen, a resident of Pedda village where the clash took place. Sen has already been arrested,” said Station House Officer, City Kotwali police station, Rishi Ram Katheria.

Raids are being conducted to arrest Aishwarya and Sonu, who are on the run. Police are also searching for Kawadi, who had also reached the village after the clashes began. Police have arrested 15 people in the case so far.

Earlier, BJP’s Bijnor district president Rajeev Sisodia had confirmed that Aishwarya is an active member of the party.

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“According to statements of the eyewitnesses, Aishwarya, Sonu and one Teekaram had fired from two rifles. The witnesses told the police that Aishwarya used the rifle which Sonu was carrying. In the video clippings, Sonu is seen running with the rifle in his hand during the clash,” the SHO added.