BJP workers arrested ahead of Varun Gandhi’s arrival in Pilibhit

March 28th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party Pilibhit, Mar 28 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, who gathered here to support Varun Gandhi, were arrested today after they clashed with police.

They also blocked roads ahead of Varun’s arrival in Pilibhit. He left for Pilibhit early Saturday to court arrest there.

On Friday, Varun withdrew his anticipatory bail application from the Delhi High Court. The court had granted him anticipatory bail on March 20.

Varun took the decision to withdraw the bail application after the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday rejected his petition seeking quashing of two FIRs registered against him for his speeches in Pilibhit on March 7 and 8.

He was accused of making inflammatory communal remarks at election meetings in his constituency on March 6.

The Election Commission issued a notice to Varun, charging him of violating the Model Code of Conduct for elections by making communal remarks.

Following the Election Commission notice, the Pilibhit police filed an FIR under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act. (ANI)

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