BJP leader charged for misbehaving with police
Saturday, May 20, 2006 IANS
BHUBANESWAR: The national president of Bharatiya Janaya Party's (BJP) youth wing is facing criminal charges for misbehaving with cops during a marriage procession, police said on Saturday.
Dharmendra Pradhan, who is also a member of the Lok Sabha from the state's Deogarh constituency, was part of a party leader's marriage procession Thursday night in the city of Puri, 56 km from here.
The procession was using loudspeakers and firecrackers till about 11.30 pm, despite a ban on it by the Supreme Court. A patrolling police party, which rushed to the spot, tried to stop that, a senior district police official said.
The organiser of the procession obliged police, but Pradhan allegedly objected when he saw another police patrol jeep coming from the opposite direction.
As it was a narrow lane, some participants of the procession asked the jeep to back off. A scuffle broke out, with Pradhan allegedly abusing a police sub-inspector.
Members of the procession reportedly attacked policemen and damaged the police jeep by pelting stones. The situation was brought under control after the district police chief reached the spot.
Police registered a case against Pradhan and some of his supporters after a sub-inspector of police lodged a complaint. "They have been charged with attacking policemen and damaging public property."
Krushna Chandra Jagdev, the district BJP president has, however, denied the allegations against Pradhan.