Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday baton-charged and
detained several Congress leaders and workers, including UPCC
president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, during a statewide protest
against the arrest of Rahul Gandhi.
"Several party leaders and workers were injured in the
lathicharge on peaceful protesters and UPCC president Rita
Bahuguna Joshi was manhandled by police," party spokesman
Subodh Srivastava said here.
The Congress has announced a state-wide chakka jam
today to protest Gandhi`s arrest in Bhatta Parsaul last night
and in support of farmers` demands in Greater Noida. The
Congress General Secretary was later released.
In Lucknow, the Congress workers led by state
president Joshi staged a demonstration at Bapu Bhawan crossing
near Vidhan Bhawan and blocked roads.
In a bid to disperse the agitating party workers,
police resorted to lathicharge in which several party workers
Police later detained several party workers, including
Joshi, and they were taken to the police line.
In Rae Bareli, two MLAs and MLCs along with other
party workers were detained and later released after they
blocked the national highway this morning.
Similar protests were held in other parts of the state
including Jhansi, Meerut, Allahabad and Sitapur districts.
Meanwhile in Ghaziabad, Congress leaders and workers
staged protest on the national highway (Delhi-Lucknow) against
the Mayawati government for the arrest of Gandhi.
The protesters blocked the road, jamming vehicular traffic
in over 5 km stretch from Lal Kunwa to Noida turn. Over
thousand vehicles were stranded on the road.
Raising anti-Mayawati slogans, the agitators demanded
suspension of UP government and action against the officials
who ordered Gandhi`s arrest.