AAP blames BJP for clashes, says SIT will come up with ‘big reveal’

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Clashes broke out in Patiala on April 29 between two communities on April 29, 2022

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New Delhi: the AAP Thursday alleged that the BJP was behind clashes between two groups in Punjab Patiala district, claiming that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Bhagwan Mann government will soon make a “big reveal” about it.

Evidence of the roles played by the BJP and its leaders in the Patiala Violence have started to come out and SIT is studying “all these things”, Aam Admi party (AAP) chief spokesman Saurabh Bharadwaj said at a press conference here.

“Some time ago we told how the BJP was trying to disturb the atmosphere of the country by playing an active role in the riots that took place in various states from Ram Navami to Hanuman Jayanti,” Bharadwaj said.

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“And now the evidence of the role played by the BJP and its leaders in the clash that took place between two different religious communities in Patiala has started to come out… We have learned a lot about this,” said- he declared.

“The SIT, set up by the Bhagwant Mann government, is investigating all these things and will make a big reveal about it very soon,” the spokesperson said.

A clash broke out between two groups on April 29 during an “anti-Khalistan” march outside the Kali Mata temple in Patiala. The march was taken by members of an outfit that calls itself Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray). Some Sikh activists, including Nihangs, staged another march against the Sena event. Near the Kali Mata temple, the two groups came face to face and threw stones at each other. The police had to shoot in the air to bring the situation under control.

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The AAP spokesperson claimed that evidence available on “the internet of cyberspace and elsewhere” shows that the two groups – those who incited the mob while remaining on the side of the Sikh group and those who incited the mob while remaining on the side of the Hindus’ – had direct ties to the BJP.

While the “mastermind” of the Patiala violence, Barjinder Singh Parwana, who sided with the group of Sikhs and made provocative speeches before the clash, was “directly linked” to the BJP and its leaders, Varun Jindal, who participated in the violence on the side of the Hindu group, was the vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, Bharadwaj claimed.

“His (Parwana) speeches in favor of violence are available on the internet and elsewhere. He is an extremist leader. And BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa has openly advocated for Parwana. His video and statements are also available on the internet for everyone to see,” he said. “Therefore, the BJP was behind the violence,” the AAP leader said.

Bharadwaj said Chief Minister Mann has set up “two SITs, one investigating the role of” various political parties and individuals involved in the Patiala violence and the other essentially examining the involvement or neglect of government officials, especially police officers, who were responsible for maintaining peace in the region. They (SIT) will soon submit the indictment against the accused in court, he added.

(The article is written by PTI. Only the title has been changed.)

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