Telangana BJP chief arrested amid midnight drama
In a midnight operation, Telangana Police arrested state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar in Karimnagar town amid high drama.
He was arrested from his grandmother’s house around 12.45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Tension prevailed when a team of police officials reached there and asked Sanjay to come with them to the station.
Sanjay, who is also an MP, wanted to know the case in which he was being arrested.
Assistant Commissioner of Police T. Srinivasa Rao told him that he would come to know about this at the station.
The official argued that they have the power to arrest him, following which a heated argument ensued between the BJP leader and the police.
Sanjay and his supporters, who had gathered there, tried to resist the arrest.
Police personnel lifted Sanjay and whisked him away in a police vehicle.
Local BJP leaders and workers raised slogans and tried to stop police vehicles, leading to tension.
Initially, there was no clarity where he was being taken. Later, the BJP leader was shifted to Bommalaramaram police station.
BJP leaders and workers reached the station and staged a protest against the arrest.
There was still no clarity on why Sanjay was arrested, but two versions are doing the rounds.
Sanjay had made certain allegations in the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) exam paper leak case and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had twice issued him notices, directing him to appear before it and provide evidence in support of his allegations.
The state BJP chief, however, did not appear before the SIT and instead deputed his legal team.
According to the second version, Sanjay was arrested in 10th class paper leak case. A man arrested in Warangal for leaking Hindi paper on Tuesday had allegedly shared the same with Sanjay.
Minutes after the exam began, the accused leaked the paper from an exam centre and shared it on WhatsApp with Sanjay and others.
According to the police, the accused is a BJP worker and has close links with party leaders.