LUCKNOW/VARANASI Twenty-four hours after black ink was hurled at BJP’s OBC candidate for Ghosi meeting bypoll Dara Singh Chauhan, a youth Abhimanyu Yadav ‘Diamond’ surrendered earlier than cops in Ghosi on Monday, claiming he had acted on the behest of a neighborhood BJP chief.
Abhimanyu, whose fb account has a photograph of him with Samajwadi Get together (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav, was purportedly seen strolling to the Kopaganj police station in a video whereas responding to an unidentified individual, who needed to know cause for the ink assault on the BJP candidate.
“It’s the BJP’s doing. I used to be advised by native BJP chief Prince Yadav (block growth committee member) that this wanted to be completed because the election was tight. He had additionally promised to save lots of me,” the youth was seen telling the unidentified individual.
Circle officer (metropolis) Dhananjay Mishra confirmed that the youth, who took duty of the ink assault, surrendered earlier than the police.
An FIR was registered in opposition to Abhimanyu following a grievance by Dara Singh Chauhan’s gunner Hari Om Maurya, he stated. The case was registered underneath sections 323 (voluntarily inflicting harm), 324 (voluntarily inflicting harm by harmful means) and different related sections of the IPC, he added.
“The accused revealed that he was offended with Chauhan as a result of he left the SP to hitch the BJP. He was emotionally connected to the SP, with which Chauhan was related earlier,” the police officer stated. Police claimed the accused had additionally threatened Prince Yadav two days again through the bypoll marketing campaign.
Nonetheless, native BJP chief Prince Yadav dismissed Abhimanyu’s allegations. In a video, he was purportedly seen telling some media individuals that he was conscious of the “allegations” levelled in opposition to him.
“I used to be in Kushinagar for the final two days, attending BJP’s zila panchayat coaching session. Final night time I got here to Mau and watched the video of the ink-attack. This morning, I realised that I had been named by somebody as being liable for the assault. That is the handiwork of SP candidate Sudhakar Singh who felt that I used to be the one Yadav chief in Ghosi backing Dara Singh and therefore needed to disturb this equation,” he was heard telling media individuals.
The ink assault, which occurred seconds after BJP candidate Dara Singh’s supporters had welcomed him in Adri Panchayat (Adri Chatti) space of Ghosi with garlands, had caught him off guard because the attacker smeared his face with black ink earlier than fleeing.
Simply earlier than that, Dara Singh had attended a public assembly at a school in Kopaganj block, concentrating on his rival and SP loyalist Sudhakar Singh, a former lawmaker, who missed the 2022 contest on account of Chauhan’s last-minute change to the SP. After the SP misplaced the 2022 U.P. polls to the BJP, Chauhan, regardless of profitable from Ghosi seat, subsequently rejoined the BJP.
The SP dismissed the BJP allegation. “Who is aware of? For political mileage, could also be some BJP folks have been behind the assault,” Samajwadi Get together’s nationwide secretary and state spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary stated.
“Politics is stuffed with such baseless allegations,” Chaudhary had stated on BJP’s cost in opposition to the SP. The results of the Ghosi bypoll can be identified on September 8.
During the last couple of years, UP has persistently witnessed ‘ink assaults’ on politicians.
In 2020 and 2021, AAP politicians Sanjay Singh and Somnath Bharti have been subjected to ink assaults, and in 2022 Kanhaiya Kumar was equally focused close to the Congress workplace in Lucknow.
Samajwadi Get together chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of hatching conspiracy and puzzled why in contrast to earlier ink assault incidents, the accused hadn’t been nabbed this time.
“Jab Ghosi mein syahi phekne wale ne khud hello bata diya ki ye kaam ussasey bhajpaiyon ne karaya tha to ab aagey aur kya kehna… abhi aagey dekhiyega, haar ka darr bhajpa se kya kya na karwaye…Ghosi ki janata sapa ki cycle hello chunegi (when the ink-attacker has revealed that the assault was carried out at BJP’s behest, what else stays to be stated on the topic. Wait and watch, the BJP can stoop to any stage because it fears defeat. The folks of Ghosi would choose the cycle),” Yadav posted on social media platform X.