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Sep 14, 2013 at 06:26pm IST

UP hate speeches: BJP workers block Bhartendu Singh's arrest

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party workers in Dehradun blocked the arrest of party leader Bhartendu Singh, against whom an FIR has been registered in the Muzaffarnagar riots. Singh has been accused of giving hate speeches, which fuelled the deadly riots in Muzaffarnagar.

The UP Police was intimidated by the large presence of BJP workers when they went to arrest the leader at his house. BJP workers were heard telling the police to go away.

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Bhartendu Singh continues to maintain his innocence and has blamed the Samajwadi Party of conspiring to implicate him riots. "The police is unable to tell me why I am being arrested. The Samajwadi Party has reduced the police to goons. They came here without an arrest warrant or documents and simply wanted to arrest me. People are getting sick and tired of the Samajwadi Party government," Singh said.

The UP government has said that it will press charges against whosoever interferes in the arrest of Bhartendu Singh.

Ganesh Joshi, a local MLA, said no power can arrest Bhartendu and there is no warrant against him. "No power can arrest Bhartendu Singh. There is no warrant against him, there is no evidence against him. Let the police try to arrest him. I am the local leader, I have come here with my party workers. Until the police get an arrest warrant, we will not let them take Bhartendu Singh."