Violent clashes between Congress supporters over Biryani at election meeting

Several Congress workers were brutally injured after clashes erupted over Biryani at an election meeting orgabised by the party’s candidate from Muzaffarnafar, Nasimuddin Siddiqui.

The election meeting was organised at the residence of former MLA Maulana Jameel, who recently switched over to the Congress, at Tadheda village under Kakroli police station on Saturday.

Biryani was to be served for lunch after the meeting, but clashes erupted as those present there scrambled for the first serving, officials said. Police rushed to the spot and dispersed the violent mob.

Siddique, once a trusted lieutenant of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and long regarded as the party’s most prominent Muslim face, recently moved to the Rahul Gandhi’s camp. He is being fielded as the Congress candidate from Bijnor Lok Sabha seat. The constituency comprises of 30 per cent Muslim population which plays a decisive role in electing the winner.

Commenting on the incident, Circle Officer Ram Mohan Sharma said a case has been lodged against 34 persons including Jameel and his son Naeem Ahmad under various sections of the IPC and for violation of the model code of conduct. Jameel like Siddiqui switched over to the Congress from BSP last week.

Nine persons have been arrested so far in connection with the incident, he said. Security in the village has been tightened and additional forces have been deployed to check any further violence, Sharma said.

He was elected from the Meerapur assembly constituency in 2012. Muzaffarnagar will vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11.