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Rally scuffle: FIR against 4 Cong leaders

The Allahabad Police today registered an FIR against two Congress central ministers, its UP legislature party leader and a party MLC for assaulting a youth during Rahul Gandhi's Phulpur rally yesterday. HT reports.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2011 02:36 IST
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Hindustan Times
rahul gandhi,Abhishek Yadav,RPN Singh

The Allahabad police on Tuesday registered an FIR against two Congress central ministers, its UP legislature party leader and a party MLC for assaulting a youth.

Abhishek Yadav, an LLB first year student, lodged the FIR, at the Jhunsi police station of Allahabad.

A state government spokesperson gave the information saying that the FIR was registered after the youth alleged that the Congress ministers and leaders attacked him during Rahul Gandhi’s Phulpur rally in Allahabad on Monday, when he tried to reach him (Rahul) to demand students’ union elections.

Those named in the FIR include Jitin Prasada, the minister of state for surface transport, RPN Singh, the minister of state for petroleum, Pramod Tiwari, the Congress legislature party leader in UP and Naseeb Pathan, Congress MLC.

The BSP spokesperson said, "While lodging his complaint, the youth said the Congress leaders not only assaulted him but urged the police personnel to book him under serious charges."

The government spokesperson said: "FIRs have been registered for assault and causing injury and insult and the law would take its own course."

Earlier, talking to newspersons, UP Congress Legislature leader, Pramod Tiwari infomed that he had written to chief minister, Mayawati demanding a probe into the security lapse during Rahul Gandhi’s rally.

He said: "It was a matter of grave concern that some youth managed to sneak into the helipad and reached close to Gandhi’s chopper, after breaking the security ring despite the district administration duly informed of his programme well in advance."

He alleged the administration either failed to check the security lapse because of lethargy or it let it happen deliberately.

"We have, therefore, demanded, a high-level time-bound inquiry into the matter and will take strict action against the guilty on the basis of findings of the probe," he said.

Asked if it was proper for him and Congress ministers to beat up the trespassers, Tiwari said, "What we did was a natural human act of self-defense as we did not know who the youth were."

First Published: Nov 15, 2011 22:24 IST