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Police from three states tussle over BJP member’s arrest

Crowd celebrates Bagga’s return after he was brought back from Punjab jail by Delhi Police. [Photo: Twitter]

New Delhi: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing head Tajinder Bagga, whose arrest Friday set off a dramatic showdown involving two parties and police forces across three states, has been granted police security by a court in Delhi.

He was detained by Punjab Police from his home in Delhi and was brought back by cops from Delhi hours later.

After his release from Punjab police custody, Bagga was brought to Delhi and produced before a court in Dwarka where the Duty Magistrate directed the Delhi Police to provide security to the BJP leader and his family. The Duty Magistrate decided to provide security after the BJP leader expressed an apprehension that such incidents may happen to him again, NDTV quoted his lawyers as saying.

Advocates YP Singh and Sanket Gupta, who appeared for Bagga, also said that a medical examination of Bagga revealed injuries in his back and shoulder. Bagga’s statement would be recorded before the Magistrate concerned on Monday.

Bagga reached his residence in Delhi late on Friday night, nearly 20 hours after he was detained by Punjab Police from his home in Delhi. He flashed the victory sign upon his arrival and was fed sweets by Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta at his residence.

“Police officials started dragging Tajinder (Bagga), they didn’t allow him to wear his turban, this is against our religious principles. We’ve asked Punjabi brothers to raise their voices against this. Finally, Tajinder is back, this is the victory of truth,” PS Bagga, the father of Tajinder Singh Bagga, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, AAP said that the BJP member was arrested for trying to stoke communal tension and violence in the border state and rejected the BJP’s charge of vendetta.

The whole exercise involved cops from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, as it began after Bagga was arrested by the Punjab police at 5 am. On their way to Mohali, the team was stopped by Haryana cops after the Delhi police registered a kidnapping case based on a complaint by Bagga’s father.

The Haryana police escorted the Punjab police team to a police station in Kurukshetra and detained them. At the same time, the Punjab and Haryana High Court turned down AAP-ruled Punjab’s demand that Bagga remain in Haryana instead of being handed over to Delhi cops, the report said.

Hours later, a team of Delhi police reached Kurukshetra and took back Bagga to New Delhi. The police said that they were not informed in advance about the arrest. Punjab police have refuted the charge, saying one of their teams has been at a police station in Delhi since last evening.


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