Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, was garlanded by party workers this morning as he walked out of prison on bail, four days after his arrest for thrashing a civic body official in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore. Party workers had also fired shots in the air at the BJP office on Saturday to celebrate his reprieve.
He was given bail by a special court in Bhopal on Saturday. “I am not guilty or embarrassed about what I did as it was in public interest… I will keep working for the betterment of the region and the public,” Mr Vijayvargiya said after he stepped out of the jail. “I pray to god that I should not be given another opportunity to pick up the bat,” he added.
Akash Vijayvargiya went straight to the party office after his release and was garlanded by supporters again. Outside his home where we was welcomed with a traditional aarti, police personnel who were on duty took sweets offered by a supporter of Mr Vijayvargiya.
Mr Vijayvargiya, a first-time BJP legislator who represents the assembly seat of Indore-3, was seen on video assaulting a civic body official in Indore on Wednesday.
The young politician and his supporters chased a civic body official with a cricket bat in the presence of policemen and television crews. A video of the dramatic scenes was shared widely on social media, drawing criticism from rival parties.
The official, who was beaten up, was part of a team that was on an anti-encroachment drive in Indore when they were approached by Akash Vijayvargiya and his supporters. “You should leave within five minutes or else whatever happens after that will be your responsibility,” Mr Vijayvargiya told the officers.
“In the BJP, we’ve been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan (first request and then attack),” Akash Vijayvargiya had told reporters after the assault.
BJP chief Amit Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister had sought a report on the case from the party’s Madhya Pradesh unit. Chief Minister Kamal Nath took an apparent dig at the politician, saying, “Cricket bat should be used to symbolise nation’s victory, not defeat of democracy.”
However, many came out in support of Akash Vijayvargiya. His supporters camped outside the police station when he was sent to jail. Posters came up in Indore that said “Salute Akash ji“, which were later taken down. 21 municipal officers were suspended for supporting Akash Vijayvargiya.
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BJP Leader Who Hit Official With Cricket Bat Walks Out Of Jail, Garlanded – NDTV News