Deploy Central Forces in Varanasi: AAP - The New Indian Express

Deploy Central Forces in Varanasi: AAP

Published: 26th April 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 26th April 2014 12:35 AM

The AAP on Friday appealed to the Election Commission to deploy Central forces in Varanasi citing inaction by the local administration on recent attacks on party leaders and fearing more assault on leaders in the run-up to the May 12 polls in the holy city.

AAP leader Prashant Bhushan met CEC V S Sampath and apprised him of the recent attack on Somnath Bharti by BJP supporters and inaction by the police.

Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders were also attacked. “It appears that there is a concerted attempt on the instructions and instigation of sections of the leadership of the BJP to encourage and abet these attacks, which are preventing a fair campaign,” said Bhushan. He said the party is expecting these attacks to become worse and the local police authorities are unable and unwilling to do anything to stop these attacks or apprehend the masterminds. “I would request you to direct deployment of Central security forces and some senior Central observers in Varanasi to ensure that the campaign is not marred by violence,” he said.

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