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Rajya Sabha condemns police action on Yashwant Sinha

delhi Updated: Feb 18, 2009 03:24 IST
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Rajya Sabha on Tuesday condemned the recent police action on senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in Ranchi, with the Chair directing the government to inform the House about the steps taken on the incident.

Narrating the incident during Zero Hour, Sinha said he along with other party workers were holding a peaceful demonstration to demand dissolution of the state assembly in Jharkhand, now under President's rule, to avoid horsetrading.

Amidst shouts of "shame" from the opposition benches, he said the police started beating up BJP workers and targeted him and former Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

Sinha said he was forcibly lifted by the police and dumped in a jeep like gunny bag. "We were not even given first aid," he complained, adding that use of force was "unexpected, without warning and unwarranted".

The former Union Minister said an MP's privilege has been violated and demanded action against the guilty.

When he was supported by other opposition members, Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan said "the House is condemning the incident" and directed the government to take up the matter seriously and inform the House.

He said a privilege notice in this regard was under the consideration of the Chairman.