Over 20 injured in clash between Youth Congress, BJP workers in Shimla

North Gazette News/Shimla
Over 20 persons including police officials and HP Youth Congress, BJP workers were reportedly injured in a clash that took place outside state BJP office in Shimla on Thursday morning.

As per reports, HP Youth Congress workers under state chief Vikramaditya Singh were staging protest outside state BJP office at Chakkar but it soon turned violent.

State Youth Congress and BJP workers resorted to stone pelting in which around 20 persons including police personnel have been been reportedly injured.

The injured persons include Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s president, Sunil Thakur, BJYM spokesman Karan Nanda and Vice President of Shimla district BJP Rajesh Sharda had to be rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital as they received serious injuries allegedly with the stones pelted on them. Sharda, whose eye was hit by a stone, was referred to PGI Chandigarh from IGMC, later in the evening.

“About 200 Youth Congress activists led by Youth Congress President, Vikramdaitya Singh, reached the state BJP office in forenoon and lodged protest against the Land Acquisition ordinance. The BJYM members, who were holding a meeting to review the membership drive, rushed out and a clash ensued,” police sources said.

Both the BJP and Youth Congress have accused each other of violence and have lodged cross FIRs. The BJP lodged a FIR against four persons- State Youth Congress President, Vikramaditya Singh, Atul Sharma, Mahendra Stan and Sanjay Parmar while the Youth Congress has named state BJYM President, Sunil Thakur and some others.

The BJP has condemned the incident and said it had happened for the first time that the protest by a party is held outside the office of other party. “It is an attack on democracy,” said state BJP spokesman, Ganesh Dutt as he demanded a judicial inquiry into the episode by sitting judge of Himachal High Court and dismissal of the state government for the anarchy.

Vikramditya Singh termed the incident unfortunate and said that the Youth Congress workers had gone there for a peaceful protest against the land acquisition ordinance, but the BJP workers at the party office started pelting stones on them. Youth Congress President, Vikramditya Singh said that one of the former NSUI leaders, Yadhupati Thakur was also injured in it.

State BJP spokesman Ganesh Dutt, on the other hand, said that the Youth Congress led by Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh had attacked the BJP office under shelter from Police.

Dutt asked the Chief Minister to take strict action against his son for breaking the law and order situation. “The BJP led by state president Satpal Singh Satti and leader of opposition, Prem Kumar Dhumal would submit a memorandum to the governor on Friday, seeking dismissal of the government,” Dutt added.