SP leaders arrested enroute Bareilly
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 23:02
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leaders, including Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Shivpal Singh Yadav, were arrested today for defying prohibitory orders and trying to reach Bareilly, where curfew was clamped after communal clashes.

While Yadav, along with other party workers, was arrested in Fatehgarh, Leader of Opposition in the Council, Ahmad Hasan was detained in Malihabad near Lucknow.

"Communal tension in Bareilly erupted due to laxity of the BSP government and to conceal it, it is preventing SP workers from reaching there," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary alleged.

"SP strongly condemns this undemocratic action of the BSP government," he said.

At least 55 people were arrested yesterday in trouble-hit areas of the city where two communities clashed with each other and indulged in arson following dispute over their respective religious processions.

Trouble had erupted when some elements hurled stones on 'barawafat' procession leading to a clash between two groups, which engaged in heavy brick-batting and exchanged fire leaving some injured.

Police had used force and fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to control the mob. As a preventive measure, curfew was clamped in Prem Nagar, Qila, Baradari and Kotwali also.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 23:02

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