Nearly 100 Congress workers detained in UP's Banda
(Sourced from PTI)
Around 100 Congress workers trying to take out a protest march against the "mismanagement" of state-run cow shelters were detained in Banda on Thursday for allegedly violating prohibitory orders, police said. "Around 100 Congress workers were taken into custody from near the Ken river bridge in Bhuragarh area for violating prohibitory orders," Circle Officer (city) Banda Alok Mishra said.
The Congress is taking out the 'Gai Bachao, Kisan Bachao' yatra in the districts of the Bundelkhand region. The party has claimed that the alleged mismanagement of the state-run cow shelters has resulted in the deaths of cattle in the recent past. "On Wednesday, several Congress workers and leaders were taken into custody for taking out the yatra in Mahoba without permission," the police said.
"After detaining the first batch of 70 to 80 senior leaders and party workers, the police also took into custody the workers who subsequently arrived in groups to join the yatra," former Banda unit Congress President Saket Bihari Mishra said.
Congress leaders claimed the police arrested senior leaders including state unit vice president Yogesh Dixit, general secretary Rahul Rai, secretary Abhimanyu Singh, district youth president Rajesh Dixit, district president of women's unit Seema Khan as soon as they arrived to take part in the yatra. "All those taken into custody have been sent to different police stations," Mishra said.
Congress district unit president Rajiv Dikshit alleged that cows are dying of starvation in the state-run cow shelters and the government is not concerned. "The Congress leaders who are raising their voice for saving cows are being arrested," he said. Last week, UP Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu and 50 party workers were arrested in Lalitpur for trying to hold the yatra without permission.