BJP candidate, 10 others booked for offensive slogansApril 7th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, April 7 (IANS) Ashok Pradhan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Bulandshahr Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, has been booked along with 10 party activists for making provocative statements, police said Tuesday.
“A case was registered against Ashok Pradhan and 10 party workers Monday night for raising inflammatory slogans while protesting the detention of Varun Gandhi,” police inspector B.R. Verma told IANS.
Pradhan, a former union minister, and the others had assembled March 30 at the BJP office in Bulandshahr, about 400 km from here, and raised allegedly offensive slogans. They were demanding the release of BJP leader Varun Gandhi, now in the Etah jail for his alleged hate speeches.
Verma said that Pradhan and his supports converged at the party office and then took to the streets shouting Hindutva slogans despite orders banning the assembly of four or more people in the district.
After seeing the video footage of the protests carried out by the BJP activists, the district administration directed the police to register the case, he added.
Police said a copy of the report against Pradhan and his supporters would soon be sent to the state election commission.
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