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BJP leaders arrested in Rampur, section 144 clamped
Milli Gazette Online
Lucknow: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including the party’s vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, were arrested on June 15 after the UP government banned BJP’s anti-government rally in Rampur and imposed Section 144 in the city. The call for the rally was given after the shifting of the statue of the party’s ideologue Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay opposite the Ambedkar Park on National Highway no. 24. Naqvi and some senior BJP leaders were arrested in Rampur who had come to attend the rally. The party’s state president Keshari Nath Tripathi was arrested in Moradabad while he was on his way to Rampur. Leader of opposition Lalji Tandon was also detained in
"It is an emergency-like situation in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had imposed unofficial curfew to gag BJP’s voice… party will launch a satyagrah against Mulayam’s goonda raj," said Keshari Nath Tripathi. Tripathi said that when he was being arrested he asked for arrest warrant, but the police failed to produce any paper. He along with his supporters squatted on the road in protest. BJP workers also blocked the national highway in Bareilly following the arrest of Tandon. Similar protests were also reported from Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow and Agra.
Tripathi said that the statue was not creating any road block and that the government all of a sudden woke up to declare that it was creating traffic problems.
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