The Congress on Wednesday sought Governor Ram Naik’s intervention to get action initiated into a complaint of alleged life threats issued to party’s Chandauli district president Devendra Pratap Singh by Independent MLA Sushil Singh. Devendra Pratap has already got a case lodged at Mughalsarai police station in Chandauli on charges of criminal intimidation against the MLA.
A 10-member delegation of the Congress, led by senior leaders Ram Krishna Dwivedi and Satya Dev Tripathi, met Governor at Raj Bhavan and handed over a memorandum.
Sushil is the nephew of jailed mafia and Independent MLC Brijesh Singh. Sushil had won the 2012 election from Sakaldiha constituency and had voted for the BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha and MLC polls. He claims to have Y-category security from central government.
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“About a week ago, local BJP leader Rana Singh, MLA Sushil Singh and I were having a debate on a news channel. They started using foul language against Congress senior leadership to which I objected. Soon after the debate was over, Sushil issued me life threats,” alleged Devendra Pratap.
He said that he later submitted a complaint to both the superintendent of police (SP) as well as the district magistrate (DM), but no action was taken, so he sought help from party senior leadership.
However, speaking to The Indian Express, the MLA denied the charges and said, “Anyone can lodge an FIR. There is a Samajwadi Party government in the state and anything is possible. As far as allegations of threats are concerned, it is wrong. The Congress district president was using abusive words against BJP leaders, to which I objected. I asked him to be careful with his language and told him we can do it too. He probably got offended and lodged a complaint to gain some publicity.”
While the MLA claimed that everything was recorded on camera, the Congress leader alleged that cameras were forcibly closed down when Sushil threatened him.
Kirit Rathod, SP, Chandauli said, “An FIR has been lodged and the investigation is going on. Further action would depend on findings of the investigation.”