Punjab police detained Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga from his Delhi home on Friday morning on accusations of uttering provocative statements, fostering religious animosity, and criminal intimidation. After the Delhi police registered a kidnapping case based on a complaint from Mr Bagga's father, the Punjab police team transporting him to Mohali was stopped by Haryana cops en route.
Naveen Kumar Jindal, a Delhi BJP spokesperson, alleged in a video statement that approximately 50 officers barged into Mr Bagga's Delhi residence around 8:30 a.m. and arrested him. He said, "He couldn't even wear his turban."
When Mr Bagga's father sought to record the incident on film, he was allegedly hit in the face. He told the news agency ANI that "Tajinder was taken out of our house by 10-15 police officers this morning. Police took me to another room and punched me in the face when I picked up my phone to record a video of the incident."
Mr Bagga was served with a notice to join the probe five times, according to Punjab police, but he refused.
Following legal proceedings in Delhi, Mr Bagga would be transported to a Punjab court. The cyber unit in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar in Punjab's Mohali district received the report.
Mr. Bagga has been outspoken in his criticism of Arvind Kejriwal on social media. He was chastised by the AAP, which governs both Delhi and Punjab, for his tweet criticising Mr Kejriwal over the film "The Kashmir Files."
In a tweet, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Naresh Balyan said Mr Bagga was arrested for allegedly threatening Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
"Tajinder Bagga, a leader of the BJP, a hooligans' party, was arrested by Punjab police. 'Won't let you live,' he had threatened Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal "He sent out a tweet.
The Punjab police, according to Delhi police, did not provide them with any previous information of the arrest.
Without noting Mr Bagga's detention, BJP IT chief Amit Malviya criticised Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Without mentioning Mr Bagga's detention, BJP IT chief Amit Malviya blasted Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of utilising Punjab police to hunt political opponents.
"The brazen deployment of Punjab police to target political opponents by Arvind Kejriwal is not surprising. This had been driving him insane. This, however, will not go over well. We will battle to protect every single one of our karyakartas and ensure that Kejriwal learns the hard way how to wield power..., "he wrote in a tweet
The BJP officials have criticised the police move, claiming that it violates freedom of speech.