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Number of arrested AAP MLAs rises to 10, Kejriwal says it's a 'holy war'

Charu Kartikeya | Updated on: 25 July 2016, 18:31 IST

With the simultaneous arrest of two more Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in Delhi on 24 July, the number of party MLAs who\'ve been put behind bars has risen to 10.

Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested for trying to run over a female protestor, while Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav was accused of conspiracy in the Quran desecration case in Malerkotla, Punjab.

Also read- Malerkotla Quran sacrilege: BJP-turned-AAP leader Naresh Yadav booked

Khan and Yadav are the latest entrants on the list of AAP members facing police action in a variety of cases.

Expectedly, AAP leaders and party chief Arvind Kejriwal were livid at the fresh arrests. Kejriwal called the tussle between his govt and the Union government a \'holy war\' like the one between the \'Kauravas and Pandavas\' of the Mahabharata.

His deputy Manish Sisodia said this was evidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi\'s restlessness. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said Modi\'s regime would be known as "the darkest time for democracy post Emergency".

Kejriwal\'s twitter timeline was, in fact, flooded with tweets slamming the arrests, which he retweeted too.

Here are the charges against the MLAs:

Amanatullah Khan, Okhla

Khan was arrested because he was allegedly threatening a woman who had already complained against him. Her original complaint was that Khan's supporters had abused and threatened her, allegedly on the MLA's orders.

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Naresh Yadav, Mehrauli

Yadav was arrested by the Punjab Police in Delhi for his suspected role in the alleged desecration of the Quran at Malerkotla in Punjab's Sangrur district on 24 June.

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Dinesh Mohaniya, Sangam Vihar

Mohaniya was arrested on 23 June for allegedly misbehaving with a woman and slapping a 60-year-old man.

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Jagdeep Singh, Hari Nagar

Singh was reportedly arrested for a short while in an assault case in May. However, Singh and AAP also later denied the arrest, claiming that it was a rumour. He reportedly intervened in a tussle on behalf of some locals, who forcefully took over a truck belonging to a waste management company.

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Mahinder Yadav, Vikaspuri

Yadav was arrested in January, reportedly for obstructing traffic on the Nihal Vihar-Najafgarh road during protests against the rape of a three-year-old girl.

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Akhilesh Tripathi, Model Town

Tripathi was arrested in November 2015 for a case of alleged rioting, lodged in 2013. Tripathi and other AAP supporters had allegedly entered into a quarrel with a man and assaulted him.

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Somnath Bharti, Malviya Nagar

Bharti was arrested in September 2015 in connection with a domestic violence case filed by his wife.

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Commando Surinder, Delhi Cantt

Surinder was arrested in August 2015 for allegedly assaulting an NDMC worker who was reportedly harassing an e-rickshaw driver.

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Manoj Kumar, Kondli

Kumar was arrested in July 2015 over charges of cheating and land grabbing. In July 2016, domestic abuse allegations against him also surfaced.

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Jitender Tomar, Tri Nagar

Tomar was arrested in June 2015 for submitting allegedly fake educational degrees while filing his nomination ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections.

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Edited by Shreyas Sharma

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First published: 25 July 2016, 18:31 IST
Charu Kartikeya @CharuKeya

Assistant Editor at Catch, Charu enjoys covering politics and uncovering politicians. Of nine years in journalism, he spent six happily covering Parliament and parliamentarians at Lok Sabha TV and the other three as news anchor at Doordarshan News. A Royal Enfield enthusiast, he dreams of having enough time to roar away towards Ladakh, but for the moment the only miles he's covering are the 20-km stretch between home and work.