Police cane charge protesters during CM's Gwalior visit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:56 IST
Workers of various political parties clashed with police during CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's visit to Gwalior on Sunday. (HT photo)

Police resorted to lathi charge and use of water canon on Sunday evening to disperse workers of AAP, CPM, Samanta Dal etc who were lodging their protest on Gandhi Road during chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's visit to Gwalior, on alleged fake encounters in the city.

Police arrested more than 125 agitators from the spot and they were later released from the DRP line.

After his release, district functionary of CPM Akhilesh Yadav alleged crime branch of police was responsible for fake encounter of innocent Dharmendra Kushwaha on August 3, 2015 and Mukesh Kushwaha on October 21, 2014.

"We urged the CM for a probe into the matter and suspension of entire crime branch team but in vain", he added.

SP Harinarayanchari Mishra said arrested persons had been released after warning. The group of people who created disturbances didn't get support from the deceased Dharmendra Kushwaha's family members who were also present on the spot.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated piped natural gas supply in the city.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of PNG inauguration function, he said Centre would cooperate with the state government in all matters including smart cities project in which Gwalior was also included.

In reply to a question, Chouhan said the state government had already distributed the relief money to farmers whose crop was damaged due to hailstorm.

The compensation to farmers had been distributed in entire state including eight districts of Gwalior and Chambal region. Hence there was no need to send proposal or demand letter to Central government for relief fund.

The CM's remark contradicted his earlier statements when he had said Central government would help the state in disbursement of relief amount to hailstorm affected farmers.

Chouhan refused to reply to questions related to Vyapam scam and added he would submit reply to the court alone.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the petroleum ministry had set a target to supply PNG (piped natural gas) gas to 1 crore houses. It would reduce LPG dependency and on the other hand help the poor to avail LPG connection.

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