HP Governor seeks report on Youth Congress, BJP workers clash

North Gazette News/Shimla
HP Governor Kalyan Singh on Friday sought report on Youth Congress, BJP workers clash yesterday at state BJP headquarters from DGP Sanjay Kumar.

Sources said that DGP, the Governor has summoned Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar, Additional Director General S R Mardi and Superintendent of Police, Shimla D W Negi and sought report on the incident.

It is pertinent to mention here that over 12 persons including BJP, Youth Congress workers and police officials were injured in clash that took place during the protest march by Youth Congress workers at BJP headquarters at Shimla.

Meanwhile, state BJP president Satpal Singh Satti and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal met Governor Kalyan Singh and submitted a memorandum to the governor, demanding judicial probe into the incident.

BJP has also sought dismissal of the Congress government over the attack on its activists by the Youth Congress led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son and state Youth Congress chief Vikramaditya Singh.

Dhumal said that everybody has a right to protest in democracy but what was the justification to hold a protest against a central government’s decision outside the BJP’s office by the Youth Congress activists.

BJP termed the incident as an act of conspiracy by the Youth Congress as the Chief Minister’s son is heading the organisation.

“This incident happened at the direction of the Chief Minister as the protesters were carrying sticks, stones and empty bottles. Despite in the knowledge of the police chief, no step has been taken to avoid the incident. In fact, the BJP activists were lathi-charged,” BJP alleged in the memorandum.

While Congress had blamed BJP for inciting violence during the protest and the incident as preplanned. “BJP leaders seem to be looking for some issue which was the reason that the party workers resorted to stone pelting in a pre-planned manner on Youth Congress workers who were holding peaceful protest,” Chauhan said.

He added that the party does not believe in violence as Congress follows the principles of non-violence propagated by ‘the Father of Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi.

The clash, for which both Youth Congress and BJP had accused each other, had left around a dozen activists injured. Five BJP workers had received serious injuries as one of them was later referred to PGI, Chandigarh as he was badly hit by stone in his eye.

The violence took place outside BJP office when the Youth Congress activists were protesting against the Land Acquisition Ordinance, while a BJYM review meeting was going on inside the office. During the clash, some activists had smashed the windowpanes of the BJP’s party office.