SP claims Mulayam under house arrest, tight security across UP

The Samajwadi Party alleged that its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and state unit president Akhilesh have been put under "house arrest" to prevent them from leading a three-day agitation against the BSP government.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 18:18 PM IST

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Monday alleged
that its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and state unit president Akhilesh have been put under "house arrest" to prevent them from leading a three-day agitation against the BSP government, a charge denied by the district administration.

"SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and state president
Akhilesh Yadav have been put under house arrest and they
are not being allowed to come out of their houses," party
spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury claimed.

A strong police contingent has been deployed at the
party office and the houses of the two leaders and barricades
have been erected.

The district administration, however, said that the
two leaders were not under house arrest.

"The two leaders are not under house arrest. In fact,
Mulayam Singh Yadav was scheduled to leave for New Delhi by
a morning flight, which has been delayed", District Magistrate
Anil Kumar Sagar said.

He said that a "proper route" has been provided to the
SP supremo to travel to the airport and his security personnel
have already reached there.

The SP had announced a three-day agitation from Monday
to press for ouster of the "corrupt" BSP government in the
state.

Apprehending trouble, tight security arrangements have
been made across Uttar Pradesh. The SP alleged that a number
of its leaders were arrested or detained in their respective
districts.

PTI