Case against BJP MP after group clash in Azamgarh


Lucknow: A criminal case was lodged against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Azamgarh Ramakant Yadav Wednesday after a young man died in a clash between the supporters of the Ulema Council and the BJP, officials here said,

Support TwoCircles

The clash took place in the Phoolpur locality of the district around 4 p.m.

“We had organised a rally in the Phoolpur locality and were heading towards the venue in cars. Those accompanying Yadav, who was in his cavalcade behind us, had a brawl with some of our supporters and members, who were walking down,” said Amir Rasadi, state head of the council, said.

“Yadav’s supporters started firing indiscriminately at us, resulting in the death of a 21-year-old man, Abdul Rehman,” he claimed.

A case under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) was registered against the MP and others in the Phoolpur police station, police said.

“Investigations are on and we will soon nab the culprit,” Additional Director General of Police (law and order) A.K. Jain told reporters in Lucknow.

Over a dozen persons were injured in the clash and a huge battery of force has been deployed in the city to prevent any untoward incident as a fallout of it.

The Azamgarh-based Uttar Pradesh Ulema Council, the most vocal of half a dozen Muslim political parties, emerged about six months ago after two Muslim youth of the district were shot dead by the Delhi police in an encounter Sep 18 last in the Batla House locality in the national capital.

Over a dozen other youth were picked up subsequently by the police, charging them with being involved in anti-national activities. The council had accused the police of indiscriminately rounding up people from Azamgarh.