[dropcap]A[/dropcap]am Aadmi Party’s (AAP) well planned stunt gets flopped in Mumbai. A complaint was filed against cow-vigilantes by the Creative Director Barun Kashyap Bhuyan, however, after investigations the police said his claim was found to be creative fiction story. Amboli police filed a case against Barun for inciting communal violence and arrested him on Tuesday morning. Eventually, during investigation it was found that the day he claimed the incident happened, most of the time he was at home. Police confirmed this by tracing his mobile location. Later, he himself confessed before the police that he was at home that day and was late for work, so he cooked up the story as an excuse. He has been booked for creating animosity between groups.
However, to save this boy Preeti Sharma Menon, an AAP spokesperson issued mails to media alleging Daya Nayak for registering a false case against Barun Kashyap Bhuyan and arrested him. Barun in his statement to media said that he was threatened by Daya Nayak to change his original statement made on 20 August, 2016 in front of an ACP and Senior PI of Amboli Police Station on Friday 30 September. He was threatened, he feared for his life and so he signed on anything that Daya Nayak said. Barun Kashyap heard from the media that there was a case filed against him. According to him, he went to the police station on Saturday 1st October to ask if the media was saying was true to Nayak on which he was assured that there will be no case against him. The boy then approached AAP leader Menon for the help. She took him to Advocate Mihir Desai and Advocate Vijay Hiremath and they agreed to take his case. This morning, Barun again went to Mrs. Menon and she accompanied him to drop him to the above said lawyers in her car with her driver Roshan Pashilkar. The police swept down on them in Chembur and arrested both Barun and her driver. She claimed that she has no idea where they have been taken and she feared for Barun’s life.
It was on August 19, when Kashyap who was heading to work from his home had taken an auto rickshaw. Due to his hippy look, Kashyap alleged that the auto rickshaw driver started asking him questions. Kashyap was carrying a leather bag which was made of camel hide and had been bought a few months ago from Pushkar. Amboli police that is probing the case of an alleged cow-skin vigilante case, has drawn a blank after the clues received by them could not lead them to the suspects involved in the case. The police were armed with a two-digit number and a mobile number, following which, they scanned through hundreds of auto-rickshaws starting with that number, but could not find anything. Also, the mobile number which is believed to be of the auto-rickshaw driver was not active in Mumbai on the day the victim claimed he was threatened.
“The auto driver enquired about my native place and I responded by saying – Assam. After he further enquired if the proximity of my native was near Bangladesh, and when I replied in affirmative, he started the ride,” Barun had written on his Facebook wall.
The post further read: “To my horror, he stopped the auto near a small temple and signalled at three men sitting in front of the temple. The three men approached the auto and started conversing in Marathi which I could not decipher,”” his post reads. “When I protested, the three men asked me for my full name and when I replied saying that my name is Barun Kashyap Bhuyan, they conversed in Marathi but I could make out only the word ‘Brahmin’. Maybe by hearing Kashyap, they thought I am a Brahmin. They left the site after bidding farewell to the auto driver. At the next signal, I got off from the auto, noted down the auto number and asked for his phone number, which he proudly gave to me saying – aaj toh bach gaye,” Kashyap said.
Anyway, if we put some light on this story, you may realise people in Mumbai do not bother about such bags, hair or your awkward or odd look. There is a big leather industry in Dharavi. Most of the streets have small cobblers who mend leather shoes and even sell leather shoes, etc. No auto carries only Marathi number plate, this is an observation of the so called creative director of a nameless production house who wanted to create a sensation just because of some creepy auto driver was suspicious about his smelly bag. He created a hype. I think he forgot that he is in Mumbai were nobody gives a damn what you eat or dare to peep into your bags. This was a well-planned conspiracy which is being methodically performed but back fired. Around 49 rickshaw drivers were interrogated but none of them matched the details given by the complainant. Besides, Kashyap was also called to identify the rickshaw driver and around 50 drivers were shown to him, but he couldn’t find the accused. The police interrogation revealed loopholes in the story of the complainant, but when they expanded their search, they found nothing that matched the story. Later on, police recorded statements of 13 rickshaw drivers about the incident. However, all of them denied any such incidence. Aam Aadmi Party tried its best to bake this story for its own political motive, but this time it was hard luck for them.
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