AAP's Somnath Bharti arrested for damaging AIIMS property

Bharti figures among those AAP leaders who have courted several controversies ever since the party gained prominence after it's victory in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Somnath Bharti was arrested on charges of damaging property and misbehaving with security guards at AIIMS, the police said.

Bharti was arrested from his residence and was taken to the Hauz Khas Police Station.

The Delhi Police had registered an FIR against Bharti and his supporters on September 11 following the complaint of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) Chief Security Officer R S Rawat.

Rawat, in his written, complaint said that Bharti "provoked the mob to damage the fence of government property (AIIMS)" on September 9 morning.

He had further alleged that Bharti gave permission to unauthorised persons with JCB machines to get access inside hospital premises from the Gautam Nagar Nallah road side and misbehaved with security personnel.

In the complaint, it was also alleged that six security personnel were injured while trying to intervene and stop Bharti and his supporters from damaging institutional property.

Bharti and his supporters were booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons), 186 (obstructing public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

Bharti, however, had termed the allegations "wrong".


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