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The police took AAP leader Somnath Bharti and over 30 party workers into preventive custody in Hyderabad.

BJP MLA Raja Singhs Una comment Cong seeks FIR AAP protesters detainedFile photo: Facebook/T Raja Singh
news Controversy Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 07:23

Gujarat Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil on Tuesday filed a complaint with the police, seeking registration of FIR against Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly "spreading hatred" against the Dalits in the name of cow protection.

Gohil lodged a complaint at sector 21 police station in Gandhinagar, referring to Singh's video on Facebook "defending" the flogging of Dalit youths at Una in Gujarat for allegedly killing a cow.

Police said they would investigate Gohil's complaint.

Gohil alleges in the complaint that Singh, being the whip of the party in Telangana Assembly, had acted in connivance with Amit Shah.

"Singh posted a video on his Facebook page...in which he said that these Dalits killed a cow and were carrying beef. He even supported those who thrashed Dalits and hurled casteist abuse on them in the video," the complaint says.

The video was made, "with the bad intention to create hatred towards Dalits" and "the statement is clearly against Dalits but it also intends to create disharmony among different communities and is thus a crime of sedition," Gohil alleged.

He has sought FIR against Raja Singh and Amit Shah under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and for sedition under the IPC.

Meanwhile, the police took into preventive custody AAP leader Somnath Bharti and over 30 party workers as they held a protest in Hyderabad, demanding the arrest of Raja Singh over his comment.

Telangana AAP workers led by Bharti held a demonstration near the Hyderabad police commissioner's office here and demanded immediate registration of FIR against Raja Singh and his arrest.

"A group of 37 AAP activists including Bharti were taken into preventive custody...all of them were subsequently released," Narayanguda police station's inspector S Bheem Reddy told PTI.

Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency, in a speech uploaded on his Facebook page supported the attacks on dalits in Una by a vigilante group for allegedly killing a cow.

"I support the beating of Dalits whoever slaughter cows to consume its meat...I also support those who taught them a lesson," Singh said in his two-and-half minute video, uploaded on July 30.

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