The Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday detained Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, during a protest march for which the state government had refused permission on Sunday.
The state police lathicharged Congress workers participating in the 'Nyaya' march against the alleged spurt in crimes in UP.
The state government on Sunday refused permission to the Congress to take out the 'Nyaya' march citing possibility of breach of peace. District magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar said that permission was not given for the Congress march as police apprehended breach of peace and inconvenience to residents due traffic disruptions.
He said prohibitory orders under Section 144 IPC were already in force in the state capital.
The Congress slammed the move saying it reflected that "fascist" style of functioning of the Mayawati government.
"How can they deny permission for our democratic right to hold a peaceful march. It is ridiculous," UPCC chief Rita Bahuguana Joshi said. The development came as opposition parties mounted attacks on Mayawati over the recent rise in rape cases and the mysterious death of Dy CMO Y S Sachan in Lucknow jail.
Congress district president and MLA Shyam Kishore Shukla said, "The district administration has verbally as well as in writing denied permission to take out Nyaya march tomorrow on pretext of law and order situation."
He said that citing a police report, the additional district magistrate communicated there was possibility of breach of peace and traffic disruption and denied permission for the march.
"It's nothing than preventing the party from taking out the march," Shukla said. The Congress had announced to take out the march from Bal Sanghralaya in Lucknow on Monday morning.