Activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, youth wing of BJP, clashed with police on Monday during their protest over law and order situation of Uttar Pradesh in front of state Assembly while it was in session; forcing cops to lathi charge and use tear gas shells.
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 spokesman Manish Shukla said.
Barricading was done by police to prevent the BJYM activists from marching towards the Assembly building, but they attempted to force their way and indulged into brickbat, police sources said. To control the situation, police resorted to lathi charge and fired tear gas shells, they said.
Some persons, including policemen, were reportedly injured, the sources added.
BJP spokesman Manish Shukla said 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. Pathak claimed several BJYM workers were injured in the police action.
BJP MLAs, meanwhile, raised the issue in the Assembly and condemned police action.