BJP workers and saffron activists clashed with police ahead of the arrival of Varun Gandhi,who is likely to court arrest in connection with a case filed against him for his hate speeches.
Supporters shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ tried to block roads to prevent the movement of police leading to a clash between the two sides.
Some of the protesters were detained to tackle the situation as Varun made his journey towards Pilibhit town. Security personnel,who had moved in large numbers,were making announcements over loudspeakers that prohibitory order under section 144 has been imposed.
A large number of activists with saffron flags hailing Varun came in tractors,autorickshaws and buses to the town as the BJP candidate left Delhi in the small hours for courting arrest.
29-year-old Varun,who had earlier got anticipatory bail which ended on Friday,changed his tactic and did not apply for extension of bail or go to the Supreme Court against
the Allahabad High Court dismissing his petition seeking quashing of the FIR.
The district administration has stepped up security in the town with about 400 Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel deployed. The paramilitary personnel also took out a flag march in the town.
“In the wake of Varun Gandhi’s visit,tight security arrangements will be made in the district and along with the local police PAC would also be deployed,” Superintendent of Police Prakash D had said.
BJP’s incharge of polls for Uttar Pradesh,Kalraj Mishra has arrived here to monitor the situation closely. Varun,who is making his electoral debut from Pilibhit,has been in the eye of a storm over his alleged anti-communal speeches in the constituency,a seat represented by his mother Maneka Gandhi so far.
The FIR was lodged against Varun in Pilibhit on the direction of election authorities after CDs containing his anti-Muslim speeches surfaced.