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Delhi police arrests AAP MLA Rituraj Govind, accused of assault

He had been accused of assault during Chhath Puja celebrations along the Yamuna river bank in his constituency.
AAP MLA

After detention of Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal three days back, today on the occasion of Chhath puja Delhi Police arrested Rituraj Govind. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Kirari in North West Delhi.

Reportedly, he had been accused of assault during Chhath Puja celebrations along the Yamuna river bank in his constituency. The reports said that he has been arrested on charges of apprehension of breach of peace during Chhath pooja.

It had been reported on November 5 Saturday that Govind had claimed that he was detained for trying to conduct puja at a heritage site along the Yamuna river bank, even as the police said the legislator was only called for a “discussion”.

He has been quoted as saying that he was trying to build a ghat at Nithari talaab near the expressway on the occasion of Chhath puja. Local villagers objected to his move even as he said that the construction of the ghat was funded by the Delhi government.

It is to be noted that the police has claimed that CrPC section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) was imposed in the ghat area, which is a heritage property, since Sunday morning in view of the Chhat puja and the MLA had allegedly violated the order. The prohibitory order will remain in place till November 7, they said.

Kirari MLA has also alleged that there was minor stone-pelting by a group of villagers, which was led by a local BJP activist.

This event is to be noticed in the light of recent detention of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on November 3, when they had gone to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, a former subedar in the army from Bamla village in Haryana, who had committed suicide allegedly for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme of Central government.

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