IN A high-voltage drama, a Delhi Police team took the custody of BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga in Kurukshetra from the Punjab Police, who had arrested him from his home in the national capital on Friday morning.
The Punjab Police team was stopped in Kurukshetra’s Pipli, with a Haryana Police official saying they had received information that Bagga was “forcibly” picked up from his residence.
A Delhi Police team reached Kurukshetra, took Bagga’s custody and left for the national capital, a Kurukshetra police official said over the phone. Pipli Sadar police station SHO Malkiat Singh said, “The Delhi Police took him (Bagga) with them in view of an FIR registered in Delhi about his kidnapping.”
Later the Delhi Police on Friday registered a case of kidnapping after BJP leader Tajinder Bagga was arrested by Punjab Police personnel, officials said.
They claimed that the Punjab cops did not inform the local police before arresting Tajinder Bagga from his residence in Delhi’s Janakpuri. Bagga could be seen flashing a victory sign as the Delhi Police team took him away. The Punjab Government moved the High Court against the “detention” of its team in Kurukshetra and subsequent developments that followed. Earlier in the day, Tajinder Bagga’s father -- Pritpal Singh Bagga (64) -- had complained that some people came to his house in the morning and took away his son, a senior police officer said, adding that the case has been registered at Janakpuri police station. The Punjab cops did not inform the local police in Delhi before arresting Tajinder Bagga, a Delhi Police official said.
Last month, the Punjab Police had booked Bagga on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation. The case was registered on a complaint of AAP leader Sunny Ahluwalia, a resident of Mohali.
The Delhi Police registered a case of kidnapping based on a complaint by Bagga’s father that some people came to his house in Delhi’s Janakpuri around 8 am and took away his son.
They claimed that the local police were not informed before Bagga was arrested from his residence, a charge
denied by the Punjab Police, who said their Delhi counterparts did not cooperate.
Senior police officials of Punjab and Haryana had reached the spot where the Punjab Police team was stopped.
Mohali SSP Vivek Sheel Soni also shot off a letter to his Kurukshetra counterpart, saying the Haryana Police stopping Punjab cops returning from Delhi with the arrested BJP leader tantamount to “illegal detention”.
He in his letter referred to the FIR registered against Bagga last month and said five notices were sent to him to join the probe. “But he did not appear before the investigating team,” the SSP said.
“In accordance with law, a police party was sent to arrest the accused. The said police party arrested the accused from his Delhi residence in the morning. It has come to my notice that the police party has been stopped by the Haryana Police on the Karnal-Kurukshetra highway,” the letter read.
“This tantamount to illegal detention and interference in the administration of the criminal justice system,” the Mohali SSP said. The FIR against Bagga registered on April 1 referred to his remarks on March 30, when he was part of a BJP youth wing protest outside the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence.
The Delhi BJP spokesperson came under fire from AAP, which is ruling both Delhi and Punjab, for his tweet against Kejriwal over “The Kashmir Files” movie. Arrest triggered a strong reaction from BJP which alleged, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is pursuing vendetta through State Police.