Watch: Four BJP leaders suffer burn injuries while burning effigy in Warangal

The incident happened when a party activist suddenly poured petrol on the effigy which was already set on fire.

By Author  |  Published: 24th Jun 2019  3:05 pmUpdated: 24th Jun 2019  8:28 pm

Warangal Urban: A protest by BJP leaders and workers in Warangal went awry when an overenthusiastic party worker poured petrol on a burning effigy of the State government, resulting in injuries to four BJP leaders, including the party’s district president Rao Padma Reddy, on Monday.

The party leaders and workers were protesting at Ambedkar Circle against the rape and murder of a nine-month-old infant that happened on Wednesday.

The others who were injured in the mishap are Bingi Srinivas, M Suresh and B Vijayalakshmi. While Srinivas, who is BJP OBC Morcha State secretary, suffered nearly 40 per cent burns, the others, who are undergoing treatment at Maxcare Hospital in Hanamkonda, suffered minor injuries. The incident occurred when Raju, a party activist, negligently poured petrol on the effigy which was already burning. A party leader said that Bingi Srinivas would be shifted to a private hospital in Hyderabad for better treatment. Padma suffered burns on her arms and her hair was singed, while the other two suffered burns on their feet and legs in the freak mishap.

According to sources, more than 100 workers gathered at Ambedkar Circle to protest the rape and murder of the infant. Alleging that the State government was not bothered about protecting children and women in the State, the protesters demanded amendments to the law.

Meanwhile, party workers also clashed with the police alleging that they had caused the fire mishap. They damaged the window panes of a police vehicle. The police, however, responded swiftly and shifted the injured to hospital for treatment.

When contacted, Subedari Inspector P Sadaiah dismissed the allegations of the BJP leaders, stating that they had not resorted to any sort of force against the protesters, though they had not taken any permission to organise the protest. “The BJP leaders must blame their own member. It was purely the mistake of one Raju, a party worker, who carelessly poured the petrol causing the accident,” he said, adding that they had booked Raju for his negligence. “We have also registered a case for damaging the police vehicle,” the Inspector added.

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BJP district general secretary Santosh Reddy alleged that the police were solely responsible for the incident. “With a view to disrupt the protest, the police used force even though we didn’t provoke them. Due to this, the entire environment became tense and in a hurry to burn the effigy, our leaders suffered burns,”  he added.

When contacted, Subedari Inspector P Sadaiah dismissed the allegations of the BJP leaders, stating that they had not resorted to any sort of force against the protesters, though they had not taken any permission to organise the protest. “The BJP leaders must blame their own member. It was purely the mistake of one Raju, a party worker, who carelessly poured the petrol causing the accident,” he said, adding that they had booked Raju for his negligence. “We have also registered a case for damaging the police vehicle,” the Inspector added.

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