BJP demands judicial probe into baton charge on leaders

February 17th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyRanchi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the baton charge on party members Feb 12 when leaders like former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha were injured while holding a protest near the governor’s house here.
“We demand a judicial probe into the baton charge on party leaders. More than 100 workers including leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Arjun Munda were injured,” Jharkhand BJP president Raghubar Das told IANS.

Around 10,000 BJP workers, led by Sinha, Arjun Munda and Raghubar Das, had tried to break the barricade to reach the governor’s house Feb 12, demanding dissolution of the state assembly and fresh elections.

Police then used batons to disperse the BJP workers trying to break the barricade.

Das said that “the baton charge was unwarranted” and alleged that it was done “at the instruction of the Congress”.

“Congress is ruling the state in a proxy way under president’s rule. What is the need to keep the state assembly under suspended animation when an alliance has come forward to form the government?” the BJP leader asked.

Jharkhand has been under president’s rule since Jan 19 and the state assembly has been kept under suspended animation. President’s rule was imposed in Jharkhand after Shibu Soren, then chief minister, stepped down following a defeat in a by-election.

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