Gujarat toll FIR registered against Arvind Kejriwal

Mar 14 2014, 20:11 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal was accorded Z category security after his car was attacked by a mob in Kharoi village in Bhachau taluka on March 5 evening. (PTI) Arvind Kejriwal was accorded Z category security after his car was attacked by a mob in Kharoi village in Bhachau taluka on March 5 evening. (PTI)
SummaryTwo police complaints were filed against Arvind Kejriwal.

Two police complaints were filed against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at police stations in Kutch and Patan districts for not paying toll taxes at the booth during its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal's 'assessment tour' of Gujarat.

A security guard at Samakhiyali toll plaza on National Highway 8A in Kutch lodged a police complaint alleging that convoy of around 15 vehicles of AAP did not pay toll tax during the party chief Arvind Kejriwal's visit to the district. However, the party said it had instructions from police not to stop midway hence could not pay the toll, but police rebutted the charge.

Gujarat police officials were also told that Arvind Kejriwal enjoys Z plus security.

Dipendra Tomar, a private security guard at the toll plaza lodged a complaint at Samakhiyali police station at 10:30 pm on Thursday. In his complaint, the guard said that drivers of 10 to 15 cars of AAP did not pay toll tax of Rs50 each on March 6 when they drove through the toll gate. The incident had taken place between 4 pm and 4:30 pm that day.

In Patan district, in a copycat case, a security supervisor of Varahi toll plaza, Mukeshdan Gadhvi lodged an FIR with Varahi police station against unidentified drivers of vehicles who crossed the toll plaza without paying taxes. The FIR states that there were people sitting in open jeeps holding banners of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on March 5. According to police sub-inspector NJ Jadeja, who is investigating the case, the men driving the vehicles are difficult to identify. The CCTV footage also doesn't identify the persons sitting in the jeeps except the banners and brooms, which had symbols of AAP.

Patan Superintendent of Police Parikshita Rathod said that the security supervisor had first moved an applications in this regard and after investigating the allegation an FIR was lodged on Thursday.

The FIRs allege violation of a notification of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) mandating vehicle drivers to pay stipulate toll taxes. The drivers have been booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. The Section provides for imprisonment of up to six months and fine of up to Rs 2,000 to those found guilty.

"We have sought footage of CCTV cameras installed at the toll plaza and are also gathering other evidence. No detention or arrests have been made so far,”

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