Booked SP leader blames BSP for 8-year-old's death

Samajwadi Party legislator Nahid Hasan, who had been booked for allegedly assaulting a TV journo and deleting footage of firing by SP supporters that killed an eight-year-old boy at Kairana in Shamli district of the state, on Tuesday came out with a bizarre argument to escape the law.

Hasan alleged that the boy was killed in firing by BSP workers and not SP supporters.
At a panchayat convened in Shamli on Tuesday the SP legislator blamed the BSP workers for the ‘celebratory firing’.

“Those who fired in the air were BSP workers and not SP supporters,” Hasan alleged bothering little for the fact that Nafisa, whose victory at the Block Pramukh (chairman) poll had brought the SP supporters on the street to celebrate, was an SP nominee.

Hasan also conveniently chose to forget that Nafisa had been expelled from the SP after the incident, that had triggered a massive outrage in the state and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had come under attack from the opposition parties in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Ex-gratia
Akhilesh on Tuesday declared an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim besides ordering suspension of the in-charge of the local police station and removal of the circle officer and sub-divisional magistrate of the area.

A case was lodged against Hasan and around two dozen other unidentified people in connection with assaulting the TV journo at Kairana.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening when some SP workers indulged in celebratory firing after the result of the polls at Kairana block in the district was declared.

The boy, identified as Shami, who was passing by on a rickshaw, was hit by one of the bullets. The boy was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to injuries during treatment, the police said.
A case was registered against the newly elected Block Pramukh Nafeesa and five others.

Angry over the incident, a large number of local residents blocked traffic on a busy thoroughfare in the district demanding arrest of the culprit.

It was alleged that some senior SP leaders, including the MLA Nahid Hasan, also assaulted a TV journalist and forcibly deleted all recordings from his video camera perhaps fearing that the person, whose bullet had struck the boy, might have been captured by the TV cameras.

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