Congress and BJP workers in Ghaziabad were taken into preventive custody between Sunday night and early Monday morning ahead of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadavs visit to the city.
Opposition parties had geared up to draw Yadavs attention to the breakdown of law and order in Ghaziabad,but instead 10 leaders from both parties were detained in police stations till Yadav completed his programme.
Ghaziabad SSP Nitin Tiwari said police detained 10 leaders from both parties over the two days.
Three political party members were detained late on Sunday night and another seven early on Monday morning as we believed they had planned to disturb the law and order situation on Monday, Tiwari said.
He said those detained were let off by 11 am on Monday,after Yadav distributed laptops to students under a UP government scheme.
However,senior leaders claimed that the Ghaziabad police rounded up almost 50 workers of Congress and around 120 party workers of BJP,including district presidents,former MLAs and party functionaries.
According to BJP spokesperson in Ghaziabad S P Singh,senior leaders were detained from their residences at night and were made to sit in local police stations.
Our city president Ashok Monga,former MLA Sunil Sharma,Brijpal Tewatia,who fought MLA election from Muradnagar,Ashok Goyal national co-convenor (Trade Cell),Atul Garg and Sanjeev Sharma were detained to avoid an interaction with the CM. We were protesting peacefully… but the Samajwadi Party believes in crushing the democratic right of Opposition to voice their concerns regarding the city, Singh said.
Om Prakash Sharma,city president of Congress,echoed Singhs sentiments and said he was detained from his residence at night.
I was home when police barged in and asked me to go with them. They put me and a few party workers inside the Vijay Nagar police station. We only wanted to give the CM a reality check on the citys crime graph and that citizens are feeling insecure. Around 50 of our workers,including Surendra Prakash Goel who was Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Ghaziabad,were also detained, Sharma said.
BJP and Congress protesters,who had blocked Yadavs route in Kavi Nagar,were dispersed after a lathicharge on Monday morning. We has to resort to force to disperse the demonstrators on Monday,but no arrests were made, Tiwari said.