New Delhi: In an interesting turn to the war-of-words between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over last night’s congregation of thousands of migrant workers at Delhi’s Anand Vihar interstate bus terminal, an FIR has been registered against AAP MLA Raghav Chadha for claiming on Twitter that migrants returning to Uttar Pradesh were being thrashed on orders of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Also Read - ‘Shameful to Treat Indian Citizens Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown
A case against the AAP Rajinder Nagar MLA was filed by Supreme Court advocate Prashant Patel, who accused the former of committing a ‘malicious but deliebrate’ act, which, the advocate said, was not only dangerous for the maintenance of law and order, but would also create further panic among the migrants who were trying to reach their native places in ‘these difficult times.’ Also Read - I am Sad, Tweets Manish Sisodia as UP Blames Delhi For Migrant Crisis: A Two-Pronged Emergency As Mudslinging Begins
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Subsequently, the AAP leader was booked at Noida sector 20 police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as section 66 of the IT Act.
The tweet in question, however, was deleted moments after it was posted. It stated: “According to sources, Yogi ji is getting migrants going from Delhi to UP beaten up. He is saying why did you people go to Delhi and you will not be allowed to go to Delhi again. My appeal to the UP government is not to do this and not to increase problems in this difficult hour.”
Last evening, as visuals emerged of migrants gathered at the Anand Vihar bus terminus, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh accused Delhi’s AAP government of ‘misleading’ the migrants into believing that buses have been arranged to take them back to UP. The migrants, however, were ‘dumped’ at the Ghazipur border, the BJP alleged.
It was in response to these allegations that the now-deleted tweet was posted.