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Cops beat Mulayam’s brother, 2 die in firing

Two SP workers killed in violent protests against the government and alleged police highhandedness.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2008 02:18 IST

Two Samajwadi Party workers were killed in police firing in Saifai village of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday during violent protests by the party across the state against the government and alleged police highhandedness.

Party workers took to the streets following reports of a constable slapping party state working chief Shiv Pal Singh Yadav — Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother — on Tuesday night during an agitation in Lucknow.

Several others were injured in the police firing in Saifai — Mulayam’s village in Etawah district.

Mulayam accused Chief Minister Mayawati of targeting his party workers with the help of police.

Later, Mayawati issued a warning to Mulayam to restrain his party cadre or be ready to face action. The chief minister charged the Samajwadi Party with trying to incite violence in the state with the help of “goonda and criminal elements”.