Congress MP Rahul Gandhi resumed his roadshow in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday by making a stop in Deoria where he lashed out at the local administration and police for an alleged lathi-charge on a Youth Congress rally in which several workers were injured.
Rahul said he would take up the issue with the Election Commission.
"The incident was shameful and should not have happened. The Youth Congress workers did not do anything wrong and were taking out the yatra in a democratic way. Therefore, I will complaint to the Election Commission (EC) and demand action against the accused."
Rahul made an unscheduled visit in Gorakhpur after hearing of the arrest of NSUI president Ashok Tanwar and other party workers following the incident on Saturday. He met them at the Kotwali police station.
"It is a sample of goondaraj. We are going to complain to the Election Commission and all relevant authorities. This is not acceptable," he told reporters.
"Our people are campaigning with a completely legitimate order. And they have been beaten. People's legs have been broken. They have been thrashed. It is not done," he said.
Rahul said the action was aimed at preventing the Congress from coming back to power in the state. "But we are not going to stop," said the party's star campaigner in the state assembly poll.
He alleged the injured workers were not provided medical aid and their FIR was not registered by police.
Thousands of Congress workers had assembled near the police station when Rahul arrived there at noon. Tanwar claimed they had permission but police detained and beat workers when the rally reached the town on Saturday evening.
Kotwali SHO Chand Mohammad, however, said the rally flouted the model code of conduct and Congress workers roughed up policemen when they intervened.
Earlier, Rahul arrived in Deoria by helicopter at 12.20 pm and reached the Kotwali where the Youth Congress activists were in a lock-up.
Sources said all the Youth Congress leaders were later released. Deoria District Magistrate SB Rangarao has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the lathi-charge.