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Unveiling of Vidyarthi?s statue runs into trouble

THE POLICE today seized the statue of freedom fighter and journalist late Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi before it could be unveiled by Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia in Mungawali town near here. Police seized the statue on the pretext that the State Government had not granted legal permission for unveiling it.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 15:15 IST

THE POLICE today seized the statue of freedom fighter and journalist late Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi before it could be unveiled by Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia in Mungawali town near here. Police seized the statue on the pretext that the State Government had not granted legal permission for unveiling it.

The police action led to an instant protest dharna by the Congress party workers and journalists at the venue. Scindia himself reached the venue, sat with the protesters for some time and said he would ask MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan why the permission was denied.

The Congressmen and journalists sat on dharna at the Malhargarh crossing at Mungawali town demanding that the unveiling of the statue should be allowed today itself.

People in the undivided Guna district particularly, Mungawali, were attached to the late Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi because Vidyarthi had resided in the City for sometime and studied here.

Mungawali Nagar Panchayat, in a proposal passed on November 4, 2000, had proposed the installation of the statue. Later, the Chief Municipal Officer of Nagar Panchayat, Mungawali, in his letter No. Q. 6, dated March 22, 2006, had also sought permission for the installation of the statue from the Ashok Nagar district administration.

In Bhopal, the State Congress strongly condemned the police action. Among those who sat on dharna in protest against police intervention and seizure of the statue were district Congress president Dharmendra Choudhury, former MLA Anand Paliwal, MP’s representative Jajpal Singh Jajji, Omkarlal Sharma, State

Congress member Mahendra Sisodia, Jaiprakash Agarwal, block Congress presidents Subhash Modi, Gita Arya, Hariom Naik, Amita Pandey, Vijaya Pathak, Samta Verma, Manoj Jain, Jitendra Kothari, Pankaj Agarwal, OP Sharma, Rajiv Bhagat, Salman Khan, Gulzarilal Lal Suman, Mukesh Silawat, Abhay Khair, Hari Sen and several others.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 15:15 IST