Kawardha: BJP MP Santosh Pandey and former MP Abhishek Singh are among some party leaders who have been charged with rioting and other offenses in an FIR registered in connection with the violence in Chhattisgarh’s Kawardha town three days ago, officials said on Friday. said.
Pandey is a Lok Sabha MP from Rajnandgaon, while former Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek Singh had earlier represented the same seat.
Kawardha, about 120 km from the state capital Raipur, is part of the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency.
Pandey, former MP Singh, state BJP secretary Vijay Sharma and some other party leaders had allegedly participated in a rally taken out by right-wing outfits at Kawardha, the headquarters of Kabirdham district, on Tuesday, which turned violent, causing damage to properties. had arrived.
Local authorities had imposed curfew in Kawardha to bring the situation under control.
According to officials, the curfew will be relaxed from 10 am to 2 pm from Saturday.
Kabirdham Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg said at a press conference here that an FIR has been registered against at least 1,000 people, including some BJP leaders, in connection with the violence.
The violence took place two days after people from two communities clashed over the removal of religious flags in Kabirdham.
So far 93 people have been arrested, of whom 24 are from outside Kabirdham district, in connection with both the incidents – the October 5 violence and the October 3 clashes, he said.
Garg said that based on preliminary investigation, MPs Pandey, Abhishek Singh and Vijay Sharma have been named in the FIR and have been charged with rioting, inciting riots and other offences.
The SP said further investigation is underway and CCTV and video footage of the violence are being scanned, based on which more arrests will be made.
District Collector Ramesh Sharma was also present in the press conference.
Both the officials said that the situation in the city is now peaceful and curfew will be relaxed between 10 am and 2 pm from Saturday.
However, he said internet services in the city would remain suspended.
The controversy erupted after a clash between people of two communities over the removal of religious flags from Kawardha’s Lohara Chowk on October 3.
In protest against the incident, right-wing organizations took out a rally on Tuesday which turned violent.
Meanwhile, a delegation of opposition BJP met Governor Anusuiya Uikey in Raipur on Friday and demanded a judicial inquiry into the Kawardha clash.
In the memorandum submitted to the Governor, BJP said that Kawardha has been the center of political and social harmony, but for the last two-three years, efforts are being made to disturb the harmony of a particular section of the society.
After the recent untoward incident, the administration, instead of finding an amicable solution, allegedly favored a particular section, which was roaming the city with arms.
No action was taken against them?? the party said.
He urged the governor to get the matter probed by a judicial panel, claiming that the district and police administration had lost its credibility.
The opposition party demanded the release of those jailed after the incident and demanded strict action against those responsible for the violence.
The delegation that met the Governor included former CMs Raman Singh, Pandey and Abhishek Singh.