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NSUI bid to burn CM effigy foiled

ONCE AGAIN the police and the NSUI and Congress activists played hide and seek over burning the effigy of chief minister, but this time the alert police managed to thwart the activists. The police pounced on the effigy the moment it was brought out, and in the tug-of-war between the activists and the police, the effigy itself disintegrated on the road.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 14:05 IST

ONCE AGAIN the police and the NSUI and Congress activists played hide and seek over burning the effigy of chief minister, but this time the alert police managed to thwart the activists. The police pounced on the effigy the moment it was brought out, and in the tug-of-war between the activists and the police, the effigy itself disintegrated on the road.

The effigy was to be burnt to protest slapping of Section 307 against MLA Ashwin Joshi and externment of Congress leader Santosh Dube from the district.

Three days ago the NSUI activists had managed to hoodwink the police and burn the effigy of the chief minister at the Regal Crossing which had left the police red-faced and groping for an explanation. In their frustration, the police had beaten the NSUI activists.

So, when the NSUI leaders Rajeev Shiradkar, Anoop Shukla, Sanjay Shukla and others announced they were going to burn effigy at Mhow Naka this morning, the police were there in full force. Police from six police stations, ASP Dharmendra Chaudhary, CSP Amit Sanghi and CSP Santosh Gaur were there to ensure that the NSUI and Congressmen did not succeed.

All the shops around the Mhow Naka area were thoroughly searched by the police and even after that men in plain clothes were snooping around the area. Even then the NSUI activists managed to bring out the effigy, but the police were ready and pounced on it.

With policemen tugging at the effigy and the NSUI activists refusing to let go, the stuffing of the effigy gave way and grass lay scattered on the road. The NSUI activists had a portion of the effigy with them, while the triumphant policemen had the two sticks – the backbone of the effigy – with them.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 14:05 IST