Over 3,000 SP workers arrested across UP: Police
Over 3,000 SP workers were on Monday arrested across Uttar Pradesh on the first day of the party's three-day long agitation against alleged corruption and atrocities of the state government.
An SP spokesman, however, claimed that more than one lakh party workers were arrested across the state.
Special Director General of Police Brij Lal said that government offices were not locked at any place in the state and only 2,327 SP workers, including Leader of Opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav, six MPs and 17 MLAs were arrested.
"There was complete normalcy across the state due to tight police arrangements made by the government. There was no report of an untoward incident or violence from any part of the state and only 2,327 workers have been arrested," he said.
SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary, however, alleged that while SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and state unit president Akhilesh Yadav were put under house arrest, more than one lakh party workers and leaders were arrested across the state.
Authorities denied that the two SP leaders were put under "house arrest".
"The two leaders are not under house arrest. In fact, Mulayam Singh Yadav was scheduled to leave for New Delhi by a morning flight, which has been delayed," District Magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar said.
Reacting to it, the SP spokesman said, "The party supremo and state president were allowed to leave for Delhi only after they send a breach of privilege notice to the Lok Sabha speaker."
The SP spokesman also alleged that party workers were lathicharged in Lucknow when they, led by Leader of Opposition Shivpal Yadav were heading towards the collectorate to stage a demonstration.
He alleged that party workers were also lathicharged in Etawah, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Hamirpur, Deoria, Jaunpur injuring a number of SP workers and Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad Ahmad Hasan was not allowed to come out of the circuit house in Allahabad.
Meanwhile, as many as hundred SP leaders and workers were arrested in the collectorate premises in Ghaziabad while demonstrating against the government, Dasna Jail Superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma said.
Among those arrested were Ghaziabad President Aulad Ali, Ghaziabad Mahanagar President Ram Kishore Agarwal, District Secretary Dham Bir Dabas, he said.
SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav was arrested with MLAs and other leaders and workers in Mainpuri.
"All the workers and leaders have been send to jail," he said adding that police used minor force at two-three places including Lucknow.
Over 200 SP members were arrested in Etah while around 140 party members were arrested from Varanasi.
Meanwhile, in a similar agitation, over 100 SP workers were arrested in Mathura.
Mathura district administration has made adequate arrangements in the district in view of the party's agitation, official sources said.
Alleging that the Samajwadi Party agitation in the state was a "flop show", ruling BSP today said that after 'dramay bazi' (enacting drama) in Lucknow, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav accepted reality and fled to Delhi with son.
"The people of the state have discarded the SP agitation and it was a flop show. Realising it, SP supremo did dramay baji and fled to New Delhi," BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya told reporters.
Before leaving for Delhi, Mulayam claimed that the Mayawati government had ordered a crackdown on SP workers.
"Even I and Akhilesh were put under house arrest this morning," he alleged. Akhilesh is the President of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit.
"It was breach of parliamentary privilege by the administration and the police by not allowing us to come out of out Vikramaditya Marg residence," he said.
The SP supremo said that the party had launched a peaceful protest against "corruption and atrocities" of the state government.