Cops vs cops: BJP’s Bagga held by Punjab Police, stopped in Haryana, brought back to Delhi

NEW DELHI/MOHALI: In a span of six hours on Friday, BJP functionary Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga was arrested by Punjab police from his Delhi home, intercepted by Haryana police in Kurukshetra and handed over to Delhi police in a flurry of developments that pitted state police forces against one another and triggered a political slugfest.
Around 9am, Punjab Police left with Bagga from his house in Janakpuri in west Delhi following a “videographed, lawful arrest”. Punjab cops said Bagga had ignored several notices sent to him to join investigations in a case regarding alleged inciteful remarks made by him on Twitter and to media.
Soon after, Bagga’s father Preetpal Singh lodged an FIR with Delhi Police alleging assault and abduction of his son. A Delhi court subsequently issued a search warrant to the Janakpuri SHO to locate Bagga. Traced to Thanesar, Kurukshetra, a communication was sent to Haryana police who intercepted the convoy at Karnal-Kurukshetra highway.
While a Delhi Police team, led by a DCP-level officer, arrived at police station Sadar in Kurukshetra, the Mohali SSP wrote to the Haryana Police to “release” their team, calling the action tantamount to “illegal detention”.
Around 3pm, Haryana police handed over Bagga to Delhi Police after they furnished the warrant. Flashing a victory sign, Bagga, who is the national secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and BJP spokesperson, left the station.