Nearly a dozen Congressmen were hurt when police used batons to stop them from blocking the gate of air strip in a bid to submit memorandum to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had come to lay foundation stones for different development projects.
Vinod Mishra, president, Ratlam District Congress Committee told HT that when CM was coming to air strip after completing his programmes, Congressmen were standing at the gate to submit a memorandum to him.
"Police lathi-charged us without any provocation. Congress activists first wanted to block the way of CM and submit a memorandum at Cour Chowraha but the CM did not go to that side. Therefore, they went towards the air strip to submit the memorandum," said Mishra. He said that 13 persons have received injuries and they have been admitted in district hospital for treatment.
Civil surgeon Dr Chandelkar confirmed 12-13 persons including former zila panchayat Congress president Prabhu Rathore, former V-P, Municipal Corporation Ratlam Satish Purohit and three persons received 'significant' injuries while the others were treated for minor injuries.
SP Ashis, however, denied the allegations. But he did accept that mild force was used to disperse persons who were blocking the gate. He said that administration had asked five persons to come and submit memorandum.
But later, they refused and collected at the gate of the air strip in large numbers. Earlier, in the day, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed a public meeting and laid foundation stones of many projects and inaugurated few including school building. The total cost of the projects is to the tune of Rs 75 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan said that there will be no shortage of money for medical college and hoped that it will start functioning from 2016. He said that a few proposals during the Global Investors' Summit have come for Ratlam as well. "One industrialist has shown desire to establish a plastic sheet industry in Ratlam at the cost of Rs 1500 crore," he said.