BSP demands suspension of police officers

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has urged the State government to immediately suspend police officers who allegedly shaved the heads of BSP leader Bellagurki Anjinappa, his son and five others at Bellagurki village, Bellary district, and paraded them half-naked on October 30. The party has also demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

BSP State General Secretary B Gopal told reporters here today that the police had fixed Mr Anjinappa and others in a false case and harassed them. Police inspector Prabhakar and sub-inspector Tejaswi, who were responsible for the incident, should be suspended and booked for offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Indian Penal Code, Mr Gopal urged.

Alleging that Minister of State for Horticulture Allum Veerabhadrappa was involved in the incident, Mr Gopal urged the chief minister to drop him from the ministry. If the government does not act upon the demands, the BSP would launch a State-wide agitation, he warned.

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