Hyderabad: An attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Goshamahal legislator T Raja Singh to accuse the police of injuring him backfired on Thursday after the police released a video showing Singh hitting himself with a stone.
The episode began unfolding around midnight on Wednesday when a group of about 200 persons started moving towards Jumeraat Bazaar with a 25-ft statue of freedom fighter Rani Avanti Bai. The statue was reportedly made in Mangalhat to be installed in place of an older one in Jumeraat Bazaar.
However, with the installation of statues requiring prior permission, a police team stopped the group from proceeding, following which Singh reached the area along with his followers around 2 am.
Even as the police tried to stop them, Singh and his men are said to have forcibly kept the statue where the old one was erected. In the melee, several persons, including policemen, suffered injuries.
Singh took to Twitter, accusing the police of unleashing violence and hurting him, also alleging that the City Police was ‘repeatedly targeting’ him.
“The police not only prevented us but beat me up and my party workers with sticks resulting in a head injury to me,” he said. His claims fell flat a little later when the police released a video clearly showing Singh repeatedly hitting himself with a stone.
Singh later denied this. “I took a stone only to give it to the police to kill me. The ACP and his men beat me and my followers with lathis. The police should release those videos also,” he said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP leaders, including the party’s State president K Laxman and others, met Telangana Additional DGP (law and order) Jitender and complained to him, accusing the cops of ‘highhandedness’.
The police later registered a case against Raja Singh for promoting enmity between different groups, rioting and obstructing policemen on duty. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) AR Srinivas said there was no lathi charge, neither did any of police personnel hit the public or the legislator with a lathi.
“There is a committee comprising officials of various government departments who accord permission for installing statues at public places. Without obtaining the permission of the committee and the GHMC, any statue installed is illegal,” Srinivas said.
Teams of the Commissioner’s Task Force and the State Special Police have been posted in the area while senior police officials are camping there.