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Family Denies Police Claim, Says No Link with AAP

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Published on February 10, 2020 with No Comments

The family of the Shaheen Bagh shooter has denied the claims of the Delhi Police that they are associated with the Aam Aadmi Party, thus, adding another twist to the case.

The case took a fresh turn when the family of Gujjar dismissed the Delhi Police’s claims and said they had nothing to do with AAP.

“Neither me nor any member of my family has anything to do with AAP. I was in BSP till 2012. I left politics in 2012,” Gaje Singh, father of Shaheen Bagh shooter was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.

Gujjar’s brother said the photos being circulated by the Delhi Police are from 2019 Lok Sabha elections when AAP leaders had come to their area during poll campaign. “They made us wear capes out of respect. The claims that we are associated with the AAP are baseles,” Gujjar’s brother said.

His farther, Gaje Singh, said that recently a BJP leader came to his village for poll campaign. “I even garlanded the BJP leader…I am not affiliated with any political partym,” he said.

Earlier, BJP had said that both Gujjar and his father had joined the AAP sometime last year.

The Election Commission of India said that statements made by Delhi Police Crime Branch referring Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in connection with the Shaheen Bagh shooter were ‘totally uncalled for’ and has also barred DCP Rajesh Deo from election duty taking a strong view of his media interaction. The official had shared with the media details of the investigation that linked Shaheen Bagh shooter Kapil Baisala to the AAP.

According to reports, the election body directed the Delhi Police not to assign him any poll-related work. Slamming the Police official, EC said Deo’s conduct has ‘consequences’ on holding “free and fair elections”. Deo had claimed that the gunman who fired shots in Shaheen Bagh on February 1 was a member of AAP.
As per rules, the DCP should not have named a political party when the model code of conduct (MCC) is in place in the national capital due to February 8 Assembly polls. AAP leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh earlier had said that his party will file a complaint with the Election Commission and send a legal notice to Crime Branch DCP.

“I am shocked. The MCC is in place and the EC is the supreme authority. The DCP heading the investigation is saying that the photo of AAP leaders were found in the phone of the accused and they are probing the case. Is Amit Shah asking the DCP to make the statement or someone else is pushing him,” Singh said during a press conference.
The AAP leader said that it was wrong for a police officer to name a political party when the investigation is not even completed. “The law says that no official can name a (political) party until it has permission from the EC (when the MCC is imposed). Did the DCP take permission from the EC? No, he has the permission of (Home Minister Amit) Shah and the BJP,” he said. The Rajya Sabha MP also questioned as to how the photo was leaked to the media and the BJP while the probe was still going on. Singh also said that no matter what the BJP does, the people of Delhi will vote for AAP on February 8. “All this is happening because the BJP is scared of defeat,” Singh said.

 

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