Police, SP workers clash after Akhilesh arrest
Samajwadi workers on Wednesday clashed with police after Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders were arrested on the last day of their 72-hour agitation against the Mayawati government.
In Lucknow, SP state president Akhilesh Yadav was arrested after heated debate with policemen as soon as he came out of Amausi airport in Lucknow from New Delhi.
"The state government is working in an autocratic manner. Is this the way to arrest...," Akhilesh said. The SP leader, scheduled to visit his constituency Kannauj, was pushed inside a car by policemen.
Soon after the arrest, Samajwadi workers gathered at Hazratganj crossing where police lathicharged to disperse them. A number of workers were injured in the lathicharge, SP leaders said.
SP workers also burnt BSP flags at Darul Shafa to register their protest. Among those arrested included party MP Reoti Raman Singh and former MP Ramji Lal Suman (Allababad), Balram Yadav (Azamgarh).
According to reports from Ambedkar Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Etah, several workers were injured in police lathicharge.
The Uttar Pradesh government had placed Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh under house arrest on March 7.
Terming the Samajwadi Party's agitation as a "flopshow", BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said that the opposition party had lost its base. On the other hand, SP leader Arvind Singh Gope termed the state as a major success.
Special DG, Law and Order Brijlal told reporters that only 434 Samajwadi Party workers were arrested on Wednesday.
"In the three days of the SP agitation, 3,109 persons were arrested in different parts of the state," the officer added.