Gondal BJP MLA’s son among eight arrested for assaulting Dalit NSUI leader (Indian Express)

Ganesh’s arrest came a week after he was booked in a complaint by Sanjay alias Chandu Solanki (25) on May 31

Ganesh Jadeja and the other accused with Junagadh policeon Thursday. Express photo

By Gopal B Kateshiya

Gondal BJP MLA Geetaba Jadeja’s son Jyotiradiyasinh Jadeja alias Ganesh and seven others have been arrested for allegedly attempting to murder a Dalit leader of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students’ wing of the Congress. A Junagadh court Thursday sent all the accused to judicial custody.

The seven other accused include Jashpalsinh alias JK Rana, Indrajitsinh Jadeja, Pruthvirajsinh Jadeja, Digpalsinh Jadeja, Samir Majgul, Akram Tarakvadiya and Ramiz Pathan with police saying that some are Ganesh’s friends, while the rest are employees of the MLA’s family.

The arrest of the BJP MLA’s son, 25, came a week after he was booked following the complaint of Sanjay alias Chandu Solanki (25), an NSUI leader in Junagadh, on May 31. Solanki’s complaint alleged that while he was on his way back home from Kalva Chowk around 11:30 pm on May 30 when he had a verbal exchange with a car driver over his driving.

Solanki alleged that the passengers of the car as well as those in a second car, including Ganesh, tailed him to his residence on Datar Road. Solanki alleged that the accused roughed him up before his father Raju Solanki, who knew Ganesh, intervened and sorted out the issue.

However, around 3 am on May 31, the accused rammed their car into the victim’s bike on Datar Road while he was returning home, Solanki’s complaint states. The accused allegedly kidnapped Solanki in their car after beating him with sticks, took him to a deserted farm near Gondal where Ganesh and others were present.

This story was originally published in indianexpress.com. Read the full story here.

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