Congress takes up attack with Governor

Action demanded against ‘indulgent’ police officers

The State Congress has taken the alleged attack on its headquarters in Dehradun by BJP workers to the Raj Bhawan on Friday. On the day, a delegation comprising 18 senior leaders of the State Congress called upon the Governor Baby Rani Maurya and requested her to take cognizance of the incident and direct the State Government to take stern action against the police officers who had allegedly connived with BJP activists when they had barged into the Congress office and indulged in vandalism. Notably, the Congress and the BJP workers had come to blows at the State Congress headquarters on Wednesday a little before the Congress Working Committee member Kumari Selja was to address a press conference on the festering Rafale deal. Narrating the incident to the Governor, the Congress leaders sought action from her, saying that the hooliganism the party office was subjected to was unparalleled. In the memorandum submitted to the Governor, the Congress leaders claimed that when Selja and the state party chief  Pritam Singh had asked  the BJP workers to refrain from such activities they had been abused and threatened. The memorandum further mentioned that the police personnel deployed there had chosen the role of mute spectators when the BJP workers were on the rampage. The memorandum further claimed that an officer of rank of CO had misbehaved with Singh and threatened him of dire consequences. The Congress leaders further claimed that the role of the police personnel in this entire episode was reprehensible. They also took strong exception to the remark made by the State BJP president Ajay Bhatt that what  the BJP workers had done that day was part of the party’s national programme and they would repeat the same if situations so warranted. The Congress leaders said that the remark had revealed the party’s national-level strategy to unleash violence to gag the the voice of the opposition. The delegation also told the Governor that the State party chief Pritam Singh and other leaders had met the additional director general (ADG) law and order Ashok Kumar on the day of the incident and submitted a written complaint.  But the police were yet to lodge an FIR in the case, they said. The delegation comprised among others  the Congress veteran and former Minister Hira Singh Chauhan,  state party vice-president Surya Kant Dhasmana, Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat, former Minister Rajendra Singh Bhandari, former MLA Rajkumar, president of district Panchayat Chaman Singh and the State party spokesperson Garima Dassauni. Read more posts…
Saturday, 22 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

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