Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu was arrested here today while staging a protest against the state government over an incident of a 16-year-old Dalit girl being beaten up in the district.
Led by Mr Lallu, Congress workers in large numbers started the protest demonstration from the Ramlila Maidan, which ended at the Rajiv Gandhi tri-section, where the protesters sat on a dharna. They also raised slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Police subsequently arrested Mr Lallu.
कांग्रेस के लोग लाठियों और गिरफ्तारियों से नहीं डरने वाले।
आरोपियों को गिरफ्तार करो और अमेठी की दलित बेटी को न्याय दो।
न्याय न मिलने तक लड़ाई लड़ते रहेंगे। @myogiadityanath को जवाब देना होगा। pic.twitter.com/U6PA5Raq2M
— UP Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) December 30, 2021
Amethi Superintendent of Police (SP) Dinesh Singh said the state Congress chief was arrested for staging a protest without permission and squatting on the road.
In a tweet, Congress general secretary and the party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government over the incident and demanded the arrest of all the accused in 24 hours.
After a video clip of the Dalit girl being beaten up in Amethi went viral on the social media, police filed an FIR against Rahul Soni, Suraj Soni and Shubham Gupta alias Sakal on a complaint from her father.
The three accused were arrested and sent to jail.
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