Delhi Police files ‘kidnapping’ case after Punjab cops detain BJP leader

The Delhi Police on Friday registered a case of kidnapping after BJP leader Tajinder Bagga was arrested by Punjab Police personnel, officials said. They claimed that the Punjab cops did not inform the local police before arresting Tajinder Bagga from his residence in Delhi’s Janakpuri.

Tajinder Bagga, who is also the national secretary of the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, was held in connection with a case registered against him in Mohali last month, Punjab Police said.

Earlier in the day, Tajinder Bagga’s father — Pritpal Singh Bagga (64) — had complained that some people came to his house in the morning and took away his son, a senior police officer said, adding that the case has been registered at Janakpuri police station.

The Punjab cops did not inform the local police in Delhi before arresting Tajinder Bagga, a Delhi Police official said.

The case was registered under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 392 (robbery), 342 (wrongful confinement), 365 (kidnapping), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 34 (common intension) has been registered, the FIR stated.

Delhi Police has not shared any official details regarding the matter.

In the FIR, Pritpal Singh Bagga said, “I was present at my home along with my son on Friday. Around 8.30 am, someone knocked the door repeatedly. When I opened, some persons entered my home and manhandled me. Some of them had weapons.”

“They started asking me where is Tajinder Singh Bagga? When I asked them what they wanted from Tajinder, they slapped me. Later, my son came there and they started beating him. When I tried to intervene, they pushed me,” the FIR stated.

“When I took out my phone to make their video, they beat me up and snatched the mobile. Later, they forcefully took away my son who was not allowed to wear a turban and was dragged out of the house,” it stated.

Pritpal Singh Bagga was accompanied by Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta when he went to file the FIR.

However, the Punjab Police team was stopped in Kurukshetra’s Pipli, with a Haryana Police official saying they had received information that Bagga was “forcibly” picked up from his residence.

A team of Delhi Police personnel, including senior officials, went to Kurukshetra, took Bagga’s custody and left for the national capital, a Kurukshetra police official said.

Pipli Sadar police station SHO Malkiat Singh said, “The Delhi Police took him (Tajinder Bagga) with them in view of an FIR registered in Delhi about his kidnapping.”

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP workers staged a protest outside the Janakpuri police station and raised slogans against Punjab Police.

Last month, the Punjab Police booked Tajinder Bagga on the charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation. The case was registered on a complaint of AAP leader Sunny Ahluwalia, a resident of Mohali.

The FIR registered on April 1 referred to Tajinder Bagga’s remarks on March 30, when he was part of a BJP youth wing protest outside the resident of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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