BJP MP Kamlesh Paswan Booked For Rioting & Criminal Conspiracy

| February 19 , 2018 , 16:17 IST

BJP MP from Bansgaon, Kamlesh Paswan and 27 other people have been booked under rioting and criminal conspiracy charges, in connection with a land dispute in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on Monday as per a PTI report.

Praveen Kumar Singh, an officer of Cantonment police station stated that Kamlesh Paswan, the sitting MP from Bansgaon constituency, and others were booked last night in connection with the dispute in Rustampur area.

Praveen said, "one of the parties (involved) in the dispute in a police complaint stated that the other side demolished an under-construction boundary wall at around 1.30pm yesterday, allegedly at the behest of Paswan."

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The officer also added that Paswan was "not directly involved." He said, "Allegations have been levelled against him (by one party) of giving patronage (to the other). Paswan's involvement in the case is subject to investigation."

However, Senior Superintendent of Police Satyarth Aniruddh Pankaj said they have evidence that associates of Paswan demolished the wall.

Pankaj said, "A case against MP Kamlesh Paswan and others has been registered with Cantonment police station under various sections of the IPC."

Paswan, however, has denied the charges.

The two-term MP said, "I was not present at the spot and I am not involved in this issue. There are all fake charges levelled against me. Yesterday evening, I met the SSP regarding the land, that some people are trying to grab it. I don't know how my name figured in the FIR. I am shocked and I will take up the matter forward,"

Paswan and the 27 other people have been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 147 (rioting), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).