BJYM Activists Protest in UP, Police Resort to Lathicharge

BJYM Activists Protest in UP, Police Resort to Lathicharge

Activists of BJP youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, today clashed with police during their protest against poor law and order situation in the state in front of Assembly while it was in session, forcing the cops to lathicharge and use tear gas shells.

Several people, including policemen, got injured during brick batting between BJYM activists and police, and vehicle of a news channel was damaged, police said.

The lathicharge on BJYM workers evoked strong protest by BJP MLAs in Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha forcing its adjournment for the day.

"In support of their 11-point charter of demands and to protest against "poor" law and order, increasing crime against women, power cuts, problems of youths and students, the BJYM workers attempted to gherao the state Assembly this afternoon," BJP media incharge Manish Shukla said.

Inspector General of Police (law and order) Amrendra Sengar said that during protest the agitating BJYM workers tried to forcibly enter the Vidhan Bhawan premises.

Police attempted to prevent them from entering Vidhan Bhawan premises by putting up barricaded, but the activists refused to relent and indulged into brickbat, he said, adding to bring the situation under control, police resorted to lathicharge, used water cannon and fired tear gas shells.

He said that there were reports of several people, including policemen, getting injured during brick batting and vehicle of a news channel was damaged.

Shukla also claimed that nearly 50 BJYM activists were injured in the incident. 

Another BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak alleged that police acted in a "barbaric" manner against BJYM activists protesting as a part of series of agitation by BJP.

He said BJP had been continuously protesting peacefully inside and outside the Vidhan Sabha to attract the attention of the government.

"If the government would not act on resolving the problems of the people, opposition would protest," he said.

BJP MLAs, meanwhile, raised the issue in the Assembly and condemned police action.

As the BJYM activists were being lathi-charged outside, BJP members raised the matter in the House asking the government to strongly punish the officials who allegedly attacked peaceful protestors in a "barbaric manner".

BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai alleged that the state bureaucracy has lost its mental balance and warned the state government of serious repercussions.

He also alleged that during police action, which included rubber bullets and tear gas shell being fired, women activists were not spared and assaulted brutally.

Bajpai said the manner in which police attacked BJP's state head office was shameful for the democratic system.

BJP state unit will stage a demonstration at the district magistrate's office tomorrow to protest against police action on BJYM workers.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary alleged that from the indecent behaviour by BJYM workers during demonstration it was clear that "their intention was to spread anarchy and disrupt the public order in the state".

He said the party strongly condemn them for causing loss to government and public property and attacking mediapersons.

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