BJP seeks FIR against Akhilesh, police officers for lathicharge

BJP's state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters in Lucknow that party MPs, MLAs, office-bearers and workers were 'brutally cane-charged' by police.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 25, 2016, 19:40 PM IST
BJP seeks FIR against Akhilesh, police officers for lathicharge

Lucknow: A day after a protest outside the Vidhan Bhawan, BJP on Thursday filed a police complaint demanding FIR against Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and police officers for "brutal lathicharge" on party workers.

BJP's state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters here that party MPs, MLAs, office-bearers and workers were 'brutally cane-charged' by police while they were protesting the declining law and order situation in the state.

He said, following the incident, a complaint has been registered by state BJP vice-president Ramnaresh Rawat at Hazratganj police station.

"Scores of workers are now undergoing treatment in hospitals as they suffered serious injuries," Maurya said.

He warned if FIR is not lodged, BJP workers would launch an agitation and move to court.

The state unit chief claimed that despite their absence from the protest site, some of the leaders---general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak, organisational general secretary Sunil Bansal and an MLA--were named in the FIR lodged by the police yesterday.

"Pathak was in Mumbai, Bansal was in Karnataka and the MLA was sitting inside Vidhan Sabha," he said.

Maurya claimed he was even stopped by the police in Vidhan Sabha when he tried to meet Akhilesh.

"This is contempt of privileges of an MP," he said adding that and he would raise the issue in Parliament.