Bittu Bajrangi, who calls himself a cow guard, was arrested on Tuesday carrying a sword and trident during a religious procession in Nuh, which was attacked by violence, despite being told not to carry a weapon. They also attacked the police when their weapons were stolen but escaped with them afterwards.
Bittu Bajrangi’s verdict comes after community violence began in Nuh on July 31 and spread to nearby places, including Gurugram. Six people, including a cleric and two house guards, were killed.
Bittu Bajrangi alias Rajkumar was questioned in connection with a new FIR that had registered him at Nuh’s Sadar police station based on a complaint filed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Usha Kundu.
During the FIR against Bittu Bajrangi and about 15 to 20 of his supporters, the accused were seen holding swords and tridents in their hands as the procession approached the Nalhar Mahadev temple in Nuh.
When the police saw the group carrying weapons, they intercepted and tried to seize them. But the group became angry and aggressive and started attacking the police, according to the FIR. The FIR said police seized the weapons and detained them in a police vehicle.
Bittu Bajrangi and his supporters began chanting slogans in the car. The group eventually opened the rear window of the vehicle and escaped with weapons, the FIR said.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Usha Kundu alleges that Bittu Bajrangi misbehaves with her after she tried to prevent her from going to the procession. According to the officer, he saw the cow guard sitting on the bonnet of her car.
Complaint against Bittu Bajrangi and his supporters under sections 148 (riot, armed with deadly weapons), 149 (illegal assembly), 186 (arbitrarily obstructing any public official) on official duty), 332 (intentionally inflicting injury to prevent civil servants from evading their duties), 353 (assaulting or using criminal force to prevent civil servants from performing their official duties), 395 (public servants) officer), 397 (public official, intentionally causing death or serious injury), 506 (criminal threat) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and provisions of the Firearms Act.
A spokesman for Nuh police said Bittu Bajrangi will be taken to court in Gurugram on Wednesday.
On August 1, an FIR was registered against Bittu Bajrangi over a viral video in which he was seen dressed in saffron with a song with threatening lyrics playing in the background.
In an interview with India Today, Bittu Bajrangi, a member of the procession of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) attacked in Nuh, was questioned about his viral video. “I just responded to the guys who threatened me,” he said.
(with input from PTI)
August 16, 2023