Lucknow, Sept 07: Seven persons were seriously
injured as the convoy of BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was attacked
on Sunday by angry protesters while he was on his way to address
an anti-terrorism rally in Azamgargh district of Uttar
The BJP leader from Gorakhpur was whisked to safety by
his supporters as dozens of people armed with sticks attacked
his convoy pelting stones at it and trying to torch the
vehicles in Takia area, police sources said.
The rally was organised by BJP and Hindu Yuva Vahini to
protest a meeting organised in support of SIMI activist Abdul
Bashar after his arrest on August 11.
Firing from both sides also took place in which over half
a dozen people were seriously injured, they said.
Later, police reached the spot and fired tear gas shells and bullets in the air to disperse both supporters and protesters.
Official vehicles of SP Vijay Kumar Garg and Chief
Development Officer were also damaged in the incident.
Senior police and administration officials have reached
the spot and the situation is under control, Home department
sources here said.
Adityanath, later addressed the rally at another venue in
the city and criticised those patronising terrorists.
Calling for strict action against such elements, he said
petty politics should not be played in such matters as they
were related to the country`s security.
He also said that those organising meetings and
protesting arrest of terrorists and their agents were
anti-nationals who should be brought to book.
BJP condemns attack
Condemning the attack on party MP
Yogi Adityanath`s convoy in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP
on Sunday demanded an enquiry into the incident.
"We condemn the attack on Yogi Aditynath`s convoy in
Azamgarh. This attack appears to have been inspired by those
who are aggrieved with the arrest of terrorists who were
allegedly involved in Ahmedabad blasts. We demand a thorough
enquiry and action against the guilty," BJP General Secretary,
Arun Jaitley said.
Yogi Aditynath`s cavalcade was today attacked by angry
protesters while he was on his way to address an
anti-terrorism rally in Azamgarh district.
The BJP leader from Gorakhpur was whisked away to a
safety place by his supporters as dozens of people armed with
sticks attacked his cavalcade, pelted stones and tried to
torch the vehicles in Takia area.