BJP's Kirodi Lal Meena detained from Pulwama widows protest site in Jaipur
Meena has accused the police of 'trying to kill him' and said he has been referred to Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur from Govindgarh Hospital after being 'manhandled'.
Published: 10th March 2023 04:23 PM | Last Updated: 10th March 2023 04:34 PM | A+A A-
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan police on Friday detained BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena who was part of a protest in Jaipur by widows of soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack demanding jobs for families, and other issues. Meena's supporters who were along with him have been detained, too.
Videos on social media show the BJP leader lying in a hospital and looking visibly injured.
Meena has accused the police of "trying to kill him".
"The police tried to kill me, but I was saved by the blessings of the brave women, the youth, the unemployed, and the poor. I am hurt. I have been referred to Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur from Govindgarh Hospital," he said.
"I was going to visit Samod Balaji with my supporters, but the Samod police stopped me and abused and manhandled me. Is it such a big crime to stand with the brave women that the @ashokgehlot51 government is behaving like this with a public representative?" Mr Meena tweeted in Hindi along with video clips of his altercation with the police.
मैं अपने समर्थकों के साथ सामोद बालाजी के दर्शन करने जा रहा था, लेकिन सामोद थाना पुलिस ने मुझे रोका और मेरे साथ दुर्व्यवहार व हाथापाई की। क्या वीरांगनाओं के साथ खड़ा होना इतना बड़ा गुनाह है कि @ashokgehlot51 सरकार एक जनप्रतिनिधि के साथ इस तरह का आचरण कर रही है? pic.twitter.com/OqkuLH2ZcB— Dr.Kirodi Lal Meena (@DrKirodilalBJP) March 10, 2023
The widows of three CRPF jawans killed in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack have been protesting since February 28, and had launched an indefinite hunger strike six days ago outside Congress leader and former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot's house, demanding a change in rules so that their relatives and not just children can get government jobs on compassionate grounds.
Their other demands included construction of roads and installation of statues of the jawans in their villages
Hitting out at the Congress government in the state, BJP MP and former Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore at a press conference in Delhi accused it of making false promises and insulting the country's heroes while practising politics of appeasement.
दसन गहहु तृन कंठ कुठारी...— Dr.Kirodi Lal Meena (@DrKirodilalBJP) March 9, 2023
दाँतों में तिनका दबाए हुई वीरांगनाएं मुख्यमंत्री @ashokgehlot51 जी के शरणागत हो शहीदों के सम्मान की याचना कर रही हैं पर निष्ठुरता की सीमा पार कर चुके मुख्यमंत्री जी सम्मान देने की बजाय व्यर्थ की बयानबाजी कर रहे हैं। ऐसे राज्य का विनाश निश्चित है। pic.twitter.com/zTfqqlLoTs
Rajasthan Police removed the widows from the protest site in the early hours of Friday and shifted them to hospitals near their respective residential areas, while their supporters were taken to a police station in Jaipur, according to police.
After a temporary detainment, they were released.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had accused state BJP leaders of "using the widows of the martyrs for their narrow political interests and thus, dishonouring them", while on the demonstrators' demands he had asked if it would be "appropriate" to give jobs to other relatives of the martyred jawans instead of their children.
शहीदों के बच्चों का हक मारकर किसी अन्य रिश्तेदार को नौकरी देना कैसे उचित ठहराया जा सकता है?— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) March 7, 2023
जब शहीद के बच्चे बालिग होंगे तो उन बच्चों का क्या होगा?
उनका हक मारना उचित है क्या? pic.twitter.com/oUBEoklIDl
BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena, who was supporting the protest by the widows, while speaking to reporters in Jaipur, had asked, "Why is the government so afraid of three women warriors that the police picked them up overnight. The women were only pleading to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ji. Why is the chief minister so nervous to hear them?" he said.
पुलिस ने मुझे मारने की कोशिश की, लेकिन वीरांगनाओं, युवा, बेरोजगारों और गरीबों के आशीर्वाद से बच गया। मुझे चोट आई है। गोविंदगढ़ अस्पताल से मुझे जयपुर के सवाई मान सिंह अस्पताल रेफर किया गया है। pic.twitter.com/EfctZFgh4H— Dr.Kirodi Lal Meena (@DrKirodilalBJP) March 10, 2023
The police action happened around 3 am when Meena had gone to his residence, one of his close aides said.
(With PTI, ANI inputs)