HUNDREDS OF Congressmen across the state today courted arrest to protest against alleged lawlessness prevailing under the BJP rule in MP”. The protesters were later released. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) had given the statewide protest call.
In Jabalpur the newly appointed district Congress president Naresh Saraf told the Hindustan Times that the ‘thousands’ of Congressmen who courted arrest were not even given water at the Police Stadium.
He said the crime rate had shot up under the BJP rule and people were feeling insecure because the government failure to deal with the situation.
The police control room said that 466 protesters, including women, courted arrest. Earlier, the Congress cadres gathered at Kamania Gate and marched to the Collector’s office. After handing over a memorandum to the civil authorities, they squatted before the Collector’s office and courted arrest.
Gwalior: In Gwalior district Congress workers and functionaries today converged in large numbers for rallies and staged a Jail Bharo protest at block level in response to the call given by the Pradesh Congress Committee to protest against the BJP-led State Government’s policies.
Security was beefed up in places where the party workers courted arrest and anti-riot vehicles were seen patrolling the area to avoid any untoward incident. DCC president Prakash Khandelwal claimed an ‘unprecedented’ number of workers courted arrest.
The crowd shouted anti-government slogans. The leaders who courted arrest in eight blocks were later released by police after due formalities of enrolling names etc. Khandelwal courted arrest at block no-1 along with, Pushpendra Singh (corporator), Devendra Singh Tomar, Keshav Manjhi, Ohm Prakash Rajput and Sarman Rai etc.
Other senior Congress leaders including Balendu Shukla, Chandra Mohan Nagori, Tara Singh Viyogi, Sudhir Gupta, Praduman Singh, Narsinghrao Pawar, R D Paprikar, Prem Singh, Ashok Premi, Gajendra Singh Tomar, Rajiv Kansana, Ramvaran Singh Gurjar, Darshan Singh, Chimman Bhai Modi, Ravindra Bhadauria, Satendra Tomar, Kamlesh Kaurav, Shyam Singh Chauhan, Ashok Kaurav, Shammi Sharma, Ashok Sharma, Sheel Khatri, Kamta Prasad Kushwaha, Chandrakant Mandre, Rashmi Parihar, Saroj Mishra and Nirmal Tiwari also courted arrest today.
Guna: Hundreds of Congress workers courted arrest in Guna and Ashok Nagar districts on Saturday in protest against the policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the State. Among those who courted arrest included a legislator, municipal council chairman and Janpad president.
A dharna agitation was launched here by the Congress in protest against the failing law and order system, worsening road conditions, inadequate relief to the flood affected, corruption in transfers etc in the state.
While administrative sources said the number of workers who courted arrest at the district level agitation was 478, the Congress party workers claimed the number was around 1000.
Those who courted arrest included district Congress president Mool Singh, Guna Municipal Chairman Devenda Gupta, Aron Janpad president Meherban Singh Dhakad and several others.