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SP, BJP workers clash over burning of Akhilesh, Modi effigies

According to the police, the clash began soon after BJP’s youth wing workers torched effigy of CM Akhilesh Yadav on the issue of law and order outside the party office.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: June 22, 2014 1:57 am
protest-L BJP and SP workers clash during a protest against rail fare hike staged by the latter outside the BJP headquarters Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Workers of the BJP and SP clashed outside Vidhan Bhawan on Saturday afternoon over burning effigies of PM Narendra Modi and CM Akhilesh Yadav on the issues of rail fare hike and law and  order, respectively.

Both the groups indulged in brick-batting while SP workers tried to attack the state BJP headquarters opposite Vidhan Bhawan.

The clash which continued for over half-an-hour left the traffic disrupted on Vidhan Sabha Road till heavy police force reached the place.  The protest ended following assurance of SSP Praveen Kumar.

Both the party leaders claimed that their workers were seriously injured.

The police officials, however, denied having seen any injured worker from both sides.

Lucknow Range DIG Navniet Sakera said the police have not received any complaint from BJP or SP so far, but an inquiry has been ordered to probe into the origin of the incident on the basis of the video footage which will be taken from the media persons. He also said a team led by Additional District Magistrate and an Additional SP will conduct the inquiry and added that there was no report of any injured person in the incident so far.

According to the police, the clash began soon after BJP’s youth wing workers torched effigy of CM Akhilesh Yadav on the issue of law and order outside the party office.

“As we returned to BJP office campus after the protest, a group of SP workers reached there and started burning effigy of PM Narendra Modi. When we opposed, they started pelting stones. They even entered the BJP office and attacked the workers there,” said BJP youth wing leader Sonu Singh, who also claimed that two BJP workers Navneet Mishra and Prince sustained serious injuries in the attack and both were admitted to Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, SP’s City unit president Mujeebur-Rehman ‘Bablu’ blamed the BJP workers equipped with lathis attacked them while they were protesting against the rail fare. “Nearly 28 of our workers suffered injuries in the attack. We have got their medical examination done. We will file a police complaint in this regard,” he claimed.

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