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Uma motorcade attacked

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 15:21 IST

BJ tiff with sarpanch triggers  violence
IRATE VILLAGERS attacked Bharatiya Janshakti president Uma Bharti’s motorcade at Sarora village in Bada Malehra assembly constituency and damaged some vehicles on Monday  evening after the village sarpanch was allegedly attacked by some Uma followers and her PSO. 

The incident took place when Uma reached the village at 4.30 pm to check “malpractice” during polling at the village. In stone-pelting on Uma’s motorcade, windscreens of eight vehicles were smashed and other parts of the vehicles damaged. Uma’s security personnel Babu Prajapati was injured and a media man’s camera damaged. Uma Bharti was taken to a house by securitymen to save her from the villagers wrath. 

Uma is learnt to have sat on dharna against the alleged attack on her. Her followers staged a chakka jam at Malehra main road.

The villagers were reported to have gheraoed Uma and her followers and demanded an apology from her and action against her PSO. After learning about the incident, the police force was rushed to the spot to avert attack by villagers on Bharti. The administrative officers also rushed to the spot.

According to a report, villagers attacked when someone from the crowd accompanying the BJ president manhandled village sarpanch Shankar Singh, who is known as Halke Raja. Later, her PSO allegedly roughed up him.

In Bhopal, BJ State president Raghunandan Sharma staged an indefinite fast at Roshanpura Square on Monday night against the alleged attack on Uma and party workers.

He demanded dismissal of the State Government, an apology from the CM, action against the Chhatarpur SP and the arrest of those behind “conspiracy to kill Uma Bharti.”     Prahlad Patel, general secretary rushed to Sarora late on Monday night.

IG (Sagar range) Swran Singh said the villagers were demanding an apology from Uma. When contacted, the IG said the collector, the SP and other administrative officials talked to the agitated villagers to defuse the tension.