Puducherry: The City Police have registered three cases - two against rioting BJP cadres and one against the victim and cops - in the bout of violence unleashed by party workers Wednesday evening.
The BJP cadres had assumed that the victim who was wearing a prayer hat was there to hurl a petrol bomb at the Maharashtra Mandal on EVK Sampath Salai.
The BJP workers gave the youth a thrashing before the Egmore Police Inspector (law & order) K. Settu stepped in to rescue him. Subsequently, the cadres resorted to a road roko besides stoning the cops who shielded the victim.
The violence left Settu and two other policemen with bleeding injuries while a BJP functionary from Tiruvallur too suffered injuries when the police resorted to lathi-charge to quell the violence. The injured were admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH).
Based on Settu’s complaint, a case was registered by Vepery under sections 147 (rioting) , 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons), 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (use of assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC.
Similarly, the victim identified as Mohammed Meeran, who works in an acid company in the same neighbourhood, had lodged a complaint against the BJP cadres. Based on injuries to BJP functionary Abilash from Tiruvallur the cops filed a case against Meeran and against the cops who had resorted to a lathi-charge.
Earlier on Wednesday, the BJP cadres resorted to a stir, which was not permitted by the cops, on Rukmani Lakshmipathi Salai condemning the murder of Hindutva functionary Sasikumar in Coimbatore. The protesters were moved to Maharashtra Mandal, and the violence erupted later in the evening when they were about to be released.