Updated: December 6, 2021 4:20:08 am
A Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, some party workers and policemen were involved in a scuffle at a venue in Chandauli district where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a public meeting on Sunday.
A purported video of the scuffle between Prabhunarayan Yadav, the SP MLA from Sakaldiha, and Deputy Superintendent of Police (SP) Anirudh Singh on Sunday has gone viral on social media.
While Chandauli police said that SP workers and the MLA tried to move towards the venue, and mild force was used to disperse them, Yadav alleged that the police officers misbehaved with the SP workers and male officers assaulted women party workers without any provocation. The police said the alleged incident was being probed.
Chandauli SP Ankur Aggarwal told reporters, “Today, there was a programme of the honourable chief minister here. There were some Samajwadi Party workers who wanted to hand over a memorandum. They had contacted officials earlier too, and we had asked them to submit the memorandum peacefully. They moved but they were quite far from the venue of the programme. When they were stopped there, there was some pushing and shoving. We will take action. They had not taken permission to attend the programme, and they created a law-and-order situation.”
He added, “When the police officers asked them to hand over their memorandum, they did not and instead they tried to move from the place. Police force had to be used to stop them… The security situation in CM’s programme is on high alert… We will check the videos to see what happened.”
Prabhunarayan Yadav told The Indian Express on Sunday evening, “We had submitted a memorandum to the local administration three days ago, asking them to start the work related to farm issues such as the sale of crop and fertilisers and seeds. Nothing was done, so today we were holding a peaceful protest in the Sakaldiha area. These policemen started to lathi-charge us without any reason, and when I intervened, the local DSP misbehaved with me. Male officers assaulted female workers. He asked me whether I wanted to contest the election or not.”
The state legislator added, “Now, some sellout media persons are saying that I misbehaved with the officer. I have video evidence of how brutal the lathicharge was, and will submit it soon.”
Varanasi (Range) Inspector General Suvendra K Bhagat said a fair probe would be conducted. “We will look into who started the scuffle. All allegations being levelled by the MLA will be probed thoroughly and action will be taken accordingly,” the IG added.
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