Raipur: Ten Congress MLAs, who were on
their way to Chhattisgarh`s Naxal-hit Dantewada district to
probe an arson incident, were today arrested by the police and
The legislators were stopped at Polampalli village for
security reasons. When they protested, they were arrested and
later released, Inspector-General (Bastar region) T J
Longkumer said to a news agency by phone.
The Opposition MLAs, including former Home Minister
Nandkumar Patel, were stopped following reports of presence of
Maoists near the village, he said.
The lawmakers were taken to a CRPF camp at Doranpal
village and set free, the police officer said.
Some villagers threw stones and damaged the car of the
Bastar Divisional Commissioner, who was accompanying the
Congress delegation, he said.
The MLAs, however, termed the police action as a
"conspiracy". They said the police did not want the
legislators to visit the arson site at Tadmedla area in
Dantewada as policemen themselves were involved in the
Congress leader Dharamjeet Singh said the police
forcibly arrested the party lawmakers.
The arson was reported between March 11 and 14
following an encounter between the Naxals and police. Local
villagers had blamed the policemen for the arson, a charge
denied by the latter.