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UP minister resigns over police atrocities in polls

The minister alleges police resorted to atrocities on minority community during local polls, reports Masoodul Hasan.
None | By Masoodul Hasan, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2006 08:02 PM IST

UP Minister of State for trade tax and registration Sanjay Garg on Sunday shot of his resignation to the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in protest against the police atrocities on the people during first phase of local bodies election in Saharanpur.

The polling for Nagar Palika (NP) was held on October 28.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Garg said that on the instructions of state election commission he had left the city on polling day.

He alleged that in his absence the local police resorted to atrocities on minority community, which disturbed polling in the area.

The minister said, "At least three dozen people were injured in the police lathicharge and some of them had been referred to PGI Chandigarh."

The minister said, "The civil and police administration in the district in collusion with BJP-RSS resorted to large-scale irregularities in the election.

The minister had been supporting the Samajwadi Party candidate Imran Masood for chairmanship. He said the police created disturbances only in minority community areas.

Garg said under the prevailing situation when the administration had been terrorising the people, it was not possible for him to continue as minister.

Garg, who faxed his resignation letter to the chief minister, said he would continue in the party. Garg, who had won Saharanpur assembly election in 2002 on Janata Party ticket, had later joined the SP to become the minister.

Pointing out that he had apprised the chief minister of prevailing situation in the city, Garg said, he would not take back his resignation.

He said, "Even though the government was of the Samajwadi Party, the administration in Saharanpur was under control of the BJP.

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