The police on Wednesday used water cannons and mild force against Himachal Lokhit Morcha (HLM) activists when its leaders and hundreds of workers tried to enter the Vidhan Sabha premises to submit memorandum to speaker Tulsi Ram.
Later the Morcha leaders along with about 300 workers courted arrest on the Vidhan Sabha premises. They were taken to Panchayat Bhawan and were released later.
The Morcha leaders alleged that police cordoned off the peacefully moving workers and used water cannons and force. They charged that so furious was the water cannon attack that Morcha coordinator Maheshwar Singh lost his balance and fell down on the ground.
Eyewitnesses alleged that a number of party workers got minor injuries while bruises were visible on bodies of some of the workers.
Earlier, HLM leaders along with hundreds of party workers gathered at Ambedkar Chowk near Vidhan Sabha and staged a protest rally.
Morcha leaders targeted both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and launched a scathing attack on two parties for "corruption and for ignoring rights of the state".
Leaders of all constituents of Morcha, including Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist), were present. They opened a front against the ruling and opposition parties for corruption, unemployment and price rise.
"People have made their mind to throw the BJP and Congress out of power and the HLM will emerge as the alternative," the Morcha leaders said.
CPM state secretary Rakesh Singha said they will continue their fight for common man's right. He said the mandate is in favour of HLM and people have shown this by extending support to party candidates for the post of mayor and deputy mayor and won the Shimla municipal corporation elections held recently.
Singha added that under the neo-liberal policies of successive governments, common man is suffering a lot and even public sector is on the verge of collapse due to these policies.
HLP president and Morcha coordinator Maheshwar Singh said a third front will not only form government in Himachal, but at the Centre as well.
Singh charged that both the Congress and BJP are equally responsible for corruption in the state and now they are fighting among themselves to prove that who is more corrupt.
Leaders of the Morcha, including former minister Shyama Sharma, Shimla deputy mayor Tikender Panwar, former MLA Dulo Ram and CPI state secretary Shashi Pandit were among others present in the rally.