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Land grabbing charges: Champat Rai given clean chit

June 21, 2021 22:42 IST

The Bijnor police has junked a noted journalist's allegation of land grabbing in Nagina town near here against Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Kshetra trust general secretary and Champat Rai.


IMAGE: VHP vice president and General Secretary of Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Champat Rai. Photograph: Prateek Kumar/ANI Photo

"The allegations levelled against Rai and his family members have been prima facie found baseless during the preliminary investigation," Bijnor Superintendent of Police Dharmeer Singh said on Monday.

The trust general secretary and Vishwa Hindu Parishad international vice president, Rai, and his family members were accused in a Facebook post by noted journalist Vineet Narain of being involved in usurping 20,000 square meters of land of a cow shelter in their home tome Nagina.

In his Facebook post, Narain has alleged that Rai, after grabbing the land in collusion with his brothers and other family members in Nagina has opened a college on it and has got it affiliated to a university.

Narain has addressed his post to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The journalist has attributed his post to an Indonesia-based expatriate woman, Alka Lahoti, who purportedly told him that the cow shelter in Nagina had been set up by her father in 1950.

Refuting the allegations in the Facebook post as 'false and baseless', Rai's brother Sunil Bansal said it's a politically motivated charge aimed at defaming the family ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year.

"Our family has no links with any cow shelter land. It's aimed at defaming us," he said.

The police came into the picture after Rai's other brother Sanjay Bansal lodged a complaint at the Nagina police station on June 19.

Nagina police station's SHO Murari Dohre said in his complaint, annexed with the screenshots of Vinit Naraian's Facebook post, Sanjay Bansal has said the post contains objectionable, indecent and false remarks against Champat Rai.

In his complaint, Bansal also said when he called up the mobile phone linked to the Facebook account, the man receiving the call verbally abused him.

On Sanjay Bansal's complaint, the police have lodged a first information report (FIR) against Vineet Narain and Alka Lahoti besides a third man, Rajnish, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act for using abusive and objectionable language and defaming people and uploading it on a social media platform, Bijnor's SP Dharmveer Singh said.

He said the entire case is being[probed under the supervision of a senior police officer.

The Nagina Police station's SHO said as the accused do not live in Bijnor, efforts are being made to contact and summon them for questioning.

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