Bihar Police has launched investigation into the alleged involvement of a BJP legislator over the communal tension in Saran district, a police official on Thursday said.
“We are investigating into Gupta’s role. Action against him would be initiated or taken only after investivation completed,” said Saran Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kumar Raj
On Tuesday, video clips emerged and were telecast by local Hindi news channels showing Gupta leading a mob of people, armed with traditional weapons in Chapra district headquarters of Saran during a shutdown called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal and despite the district administration issuing orders prohibiting any public gathering to maintain law and order.
“Instead of appealing to people to maintain communal harmony and peace, Gupta was leading a march of VHP and Bajrang Dal supporters in Chapra, in full view of district administration, that resulted in violence. Shops and houses of minority community members were attacked,” Congress legislator Shakil Ahmad Khan said.
Khan told reporters that it was clear that Gupta violated prohibitory orders and instigated people that created communal trouble.
“The state administration has to take a tough stand to send a strong message for communal harmony,” he added.
Some social activists in Chapra have also blamed Gupta for the communal tension in Saran town. They said Gupta was wellknown for his decades long associatin with the RSS and other Hinduvta organisations like the VHP and Bajrang Dal. Gupta, however, has denied any involvement in violence.