A BJP protest against price rise on Thursday turned violent, with top party leaders and workers getting injured after a clash with police who prevented them from marching to the assembly.
Former party president Rajnath Singh, 58, who was leading the workers, was injured. So were the Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Ravindra Patni and Ravi Kant Garg. The BJP called for a bandh in Uttar Pradesh on March 2. It will burn an effigy of Chief Minister Mayawati on Holi, March 1.
Workers allegedly attacked the police and threw stones in the skirmish that followed soon after the BJP rally got over at a ground adjacent to Lucknow University. BJP leaders claimed 200 workers were rushed to hospital. Police used water canons and tear gas to disperse the mob, and the Rapid Action Force was called in.
MP Lalji Tandon said, “The manner in which the BSP government attempted to muzzle a democratic protest was shameful.”