Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan’s relatives were allegedly severely beaten up by cops in his native village Agwanpur of Parikshitgarh police station in district Meerut when they were celebrating Khan’s victory in the recently concluded Delhi assembly election, reported The Statesman.
Amanatullah Khan, who is sitting MLA of AAP, defeated Braham Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party by a huge margin of 71, 827 votes from Okhla constituency.
Soon after the results were announced, Khan’s relatives in his paternal village Agwanpur started celebrating. The police reached the location and lathi-charged relatives and villagers to disperse them, according to the report in The Statesman. The police argued that section 144 was imposed in the area. So, they were not allowed to gather and celebrate.
The police allegedly misbehaved with young girls. They allegedly pulled a young girl’s hair and forced her to walk on the streets. They asked her to help them identify the MLA’s relatives who had fled after a scuffle with police over the celebration.
The police alleged that Section 144 was in effect in the area where these people gathered to celebrate Amanatullah’s victory in the Delhi polls and hence the police had to use force to disperse the crowd.
A case has been registered against 13 people and other unnamed villagers for violating section 144. In the FIR, Khan’s relative Noor Ullah has been prominently named.
“The villagers were taking out a procession and we stopped them as section 144 is enforced in the district,” SHO of Parikshatgarh police station Kailash Chand said.
Commenting on the incident, Amanatullah Khan stated that he does not understand “what was wrongful in the celebration in my native village on my victory by some of my relatives. Incidents like this are the fallout of BJP’s and UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s politics of hate.”
Relatives of AAP MLA were distributing sweets among each other after the results were declared on Tuesday. Suddenly, cops arrived and directed them to stop the celebration as section 144 was imposed.
According to the report in The Statesman, The cops then started to ask women and girls about the men who were celebrating, told Nazmi (22), an MA student and an eyewitness. She said that they misbehaved with Noor Ullah’s 17-year-old daughter Zaina. The cops dragged Nazmi downstairs as a result of which she fell on the ground. They pulled her with hair and made her walk on the streets with other villagers for over an hour so that they could identify the men who were celebrating. Recalling the horrifying tale of her ordeal, Nazmi said that she was pushed, dragged, abused by the cops and one of them even pulled her dupatta which caused a red mark around her neck.
A few other villagers were also thrashed by police including a poor shopkeeper Hakimuddin who was returning home after closing his shop to see his sick wife. He suffered serious injuries on his leg.