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SP workers clash with police on day two of party stir

A number of Samajwadi Party activists were injured in cane-charge by police at various places on day two of the party`s agitation against the BSP-led Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 20:43 PM IST

Lucknow: A number of Samajwadi Party
activists were injured in cane-charge by police at various
places on day two of the party`s agitation against the BSP-led
Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

On the second day of their three-day agitation, the
SP workers hit the streets, forced closure of government
offices and clashed with police at several places.
Police cane-charged them at a number of places which
included Basti, Siddharthnagar, Kaushambi and Bijnore in which
a number of party workers were injured, reports said.

In Ballia, SP workers clashed with collectorate
employees forcing its closure and prompting police to use
force to disperse them.

SP leaders Ambika Chowdhury, MP Neeraj Shekhar and
others were later arrested by the police.

Senior party leader Azam Khan was also arrested in
Rampur district.

The party activities also tried to shut government
offices in Meerut, Sitapur and others places, the reports
said.
In Sultanpur, SP activists climbed atop a tower to
register their protest against what they called "corrupt BSP
government" in the state.

In Lucknow, a group of lawyers and women activists
damaged hoardings of Chief Minister Mayawati. They were later
arrested by the police.

Hundreds of SP workers were injured throughout the
state in police lathi-charge, party leaders claimed.

Yesterday, over 3,000 SP workers were arrested across
Uttar Pradesh on the first day of the party`s stir against the
state government.

PTI