2 AAP MLAs booked, 6 supporters held for clash with cops

DELHI(PTI): An FIR has been registered against two AAP MLAs and their supporters, six of whom have been arrested, over a violent clash with police at Burari police station in north Delhi on February 20 which left 15 people injured.

While the MLAs, Sanjeev Jha from Burari and Akhilesh Pati Tripathi from Model Town, have not been arrested, they have been named in the FIR, police said on Saturday.

Nine policemen and six AAP members, including Jha, were injured in the clash which erupted after Jha’s vehicle was not allowed entry into the Burari police station, where he and his supporters had come around 11 pm yesterday to register a case against an alleged kidnapper whom they had caught abducting a boy from Pradhan Enclave colony. Soon, Tripathi also came with his supporters. As AAP workers pelted stones at police, cops resorted to lathicharge.

Several vehicles were also damaged in the clash and those injured were taken to hospitals.

“The AAP MLA’s vehicle was unidentified, (it) did not have any sticker on it; so it was stopped. There were some anti-social elements who started stone pelting over the issue.
We have registered an FIR in which the two MLAs have been named along with others,” DCP (North) Madhur Verma said.

The FIR was registered under sections of rioting, unlawful assembly, obstructing public servant from carrying out his duty, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and mischief at Burari Police Station.

Apart from Jha and Tripathi, the six arrested people have also been named in the FIR.

When asked why the MLAs were not arrested, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said, “We have registered an FIR and some people have been arrested. Further investigations are on.”