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Yogi, others taken into custody

Cracking down on leaders and anti-social elements, the administration arrested them for disturbing peace and violating the prohibitory orders under section 144.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 22:58 IST

Cracking down on political parties' leaders and anti-social elements, the district administration on Sunday arrested BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, local MLA RMD Agrawal, MLC YD Singh, a former cabinet minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and others for disturbing peace and violating the prohibitory orders under section 144.

Protesting against his arrest, Adityanath blamed the district administration for appeasing members of a particular community and working under pressure.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the curfew-bound areas of the city on Sunday. Though the district administration relaxed curfew from 4 pm to 10 pm, it said schools and colleges would remain closed on Monday and Tuesday as a precautionary measure.

Talking to mediapersons, district magistrate Hariom said that no one would be allowed to run the district on his own terms. He said police had registered FIRs against the miscreants in connection with two incidents that took place on Saturday.

Police had registered a case for violation of section 144 in the first incident relating to the torch rallies organised by traders' organisations and supported by BJP MP Adityanath.

Similarly, a case had been registered in connection with the stone-pelting incident at a police party at Mian Sahib Imambara.

Meanwhile, police resorted to mild lathicharge when a traders' organisation tried to organise a condolence meeting at Chetna crossing on Sunday. They arrested BJP corporator Surendra Jaiswal, city unit secretary of the party Dharmendra Singh and Ramesh Chandra.

Protesting against the arrest of the leaders, BJP activists later pelted stones on the Rapid Action Force personnel. They also damaged a nursing home on the railway station road. Stray incidents of stone-pelting and violence were also reported from different parts of the city.

The Hindu Vahini activists tried to block traffic movement on the national highway but police managed to disperse them.

State minister Jaiprakash Yadav along with other SP leaders visited the violence-hit areas of Khoonipur and assured the people that stringent action will be taken against the miscreants. He appealed to Adityanath not to fan communal tension.

Yadav admitted laxity on part of the police administration and said miscreants dragged diseased Rajkumar Agrahari out of the police jeep and beat him. He said the police failed to rescue him for which action would be taken against the guilty police officials.

Meanwhile, SSP Raja Srivastav said six miscreants had been arrested in connection with the Agrahari incident.

First Published: Jan 28, 2007 22:58 IST