BJP protesters cane-charged in Lucknow, over dozen injured
More than a dozen persons, including policemen, were injured in Lucknow on Wednesday when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters tried to blockade the assembly, which is in session.india Updated: Aug 24, 2016 18:19 IST
More than a dozen persons, including policemen, were injured in Lucknow on Wednesday when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters tried to blockade the assembly, which is in session.
The BJP agitation against the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh turned violent after party activists and police threw stones at each other. A few BJP activists sustained injuries when police cane-charged them and used water cannons to disperse them.
The agitation came a day after BJP, BSP and Congress legislators were not allowed to raise the law and order issue in the UP assembly.
The BJP agitation resulted in a heavy traffic jam on the busy Vidhan Sabha Marg, which remained completely blocked for hours.
Phulpur MP and UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya was seen leading the agitation despite the police targeting him by directing the nozzle of a water cannon at him.
Maurya, however, was seen exhorting the cadre to move ahead. The activists soon turned violent, removing barricades and pelting the police with stones.
“This government’s response to a peaceful agitation reminds us of the barbarism of the British period. The police turned a peaceful agitation violent. When they are treating senior MPs in this manner, what would be condition of the common man,” said BJP MP from Siddharthnagar Jagdambika Pal.