Telangana BJP president sent to 14 days in jail for violating COVID protocols

After being arrested late Sunday night for violating COVID-19 rules, attacking police personnel, and violating the Disaster Management Act during a protest, Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar was on Monday remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

Kumar is also a Member of Parliament from Karimnagar.

The saffron party workers under the leadership of Kumar were staging a ‘jagaran deeksha’ protest against Government Order 317, which was regarding transfers and postings of government employees in the newly created districts.

Karimnagar Police Commissioner Satyanarayana said to reporters that two FIRs were registered at Two Town Police Station. In one case, 21 persons and others were booked under section 51 (B) of Disaster Management Act and section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for not maintaining social distance and for not wearing masks. At least 70 people were arrested and were released after issuing notices to them, Sathyanarayana added.

In another case, 16 persons and others were booked for rioting and attacking police personnel besides violation of Disaster Management Act. Five persons including Kumar have been arrested in this case. The police invoked sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 333, 149, 147 of the IPC and section 5(B) of Disaster Management Act.

BJP president J P Nadda lashed out at the Telangana government over Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s arrest, saying “this is murder of democracy.”