1. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house ransacked; 2 arrested, say reports

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house ransacked; 2 arrested, say reports

It has been learned that four accused were arrested in connection with the incident.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 1, 2017 10:36 AM
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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house in the national capital was ransacked, according to TV reports. It has been learned that two persons were arrested in connection with the incident, the report says. Police have registered a case against the four accused. Tiwari was not present at the house during the incident, according to ANI report. Tiwari, MP from Delhi North-East, termed the incident as ‘deadly’ one. Two of my men were injured, he said.  “Looks like a big conspiracy, that too with police involvement. No one should be spared,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by ANI. “Don’t know their intention or the reason behind but they were very abusive, were not scared of the police. They were 7-8 in number,” an eyewitness said, as per ANI report.

The arrested include Jay Kumar, 38, and his brother Jaswant Singh, 33. According to the police, the incident occurred around 1.15 a.m. following a car accident in which one of Tiwari’s staff-member was involved, an IANS report said. After a heated exchange, occupants of the other vehicle forcibly entered Tiwari’s North Avenue residence and thrashed his cook and personal staff. The police officials said that the attackers were also from the same neighbourhood and they had called in some of their friends to aid in their attack. “We have arrested two persons and a case has been lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma told IANS.

CCTV footage from the premises of Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari’s residence

The sections include trespassing, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and acts of common intent. The officer also said that there was no political angle in the incident. According to the police, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who represents the northeast constituency of Delhi, was not present at his home at the time of the attack. Tiwari’s personal staff, who was injured in the incident, Abhinav Mishra told IANS: “I came out after hearing the cook’s cry. He was being beaten up by four to five men. And when I intervened they also thrashed me.”

Earlier this year, unidentified persons had smashed the windscreen of  Manoj Tiwari’s car in Mumbai, and warned him to stay away from campaigning in Mumbai, a party leader had said.

“A stone was hurled at his car, followed by a piece of paper tied to another stone. On the paper it was written `Abhi to Kanch Toda Hai, Jyada Prachar Karoge To Muh Tod Denge (now it’s only windscreen, if you campaign further we will smash up your face),” Mishra said.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Tiwari had said, “Now is the time to work for slum dwellers in the city, which is possible only if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Housing for All by 2022’ scheme is implemented, according to PTI report. Tiwari also said that he is committed towards upliftment of the lives of the Delhi’s ‘jhuggi’ dwellers. He said this during his visit to Surajpur Jhuggi Basti in Samaypur Badli of north Delhi to learn about the problems of the families living there.

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The Delhi BJP chief, accompanied by Leader of the opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and the area councillor Preety Agarwal, said the “jhuggi dwellers have a crucial role in Delhi’s development but it is regrettable that no government has brought a holistic policy for their cohesive betterment”.

Tiwari also expressed grief over the death of a person in a fire that broke out in a slum cluster in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area.

He said time and again fire mishaps wreck the lives of jhuggi dwellers in Delhi and governments be it of Congress or Aam Aadmi Party just offer some compensation to absolve themselves of the legal and moral responsibility to better the people’s lives.

“Jhuggi dwellers contribute hard in every sphere of the city’s socio-economic development, they help build roads, bridges, offices and home complexes and run local transport but are denied their rightful share in the development,” he added.

Tiwari said, “It is time Delhi starts to work for jhuggi dwellers’ welfare and it is possible only by implementing the prime minister’s scheme of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ in Delhi immediately”.

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