Ujjain : Police lathi-charged Youth Congress (YC) workers here on Monday afternoon to trying to march towards the IG bungalow to protest against the registration of offences against about 50 of them. About 12 workers, including Rau (Indore) MLA Jitu Patwari and State YC chief Kunal Chaudhari sustained injuries during the lathi-charge. About 30 YC workers were also arrested for their agitation.
The Lok Sabha unit of the YC had organised Monday’s agitation to protest against the registration of offences under Section 147 and 341 of the IPC on MLA Jitu Patwari, State YC chief Kunal Chaudhari, Hemant Singh Chauhan and 40-50 other persons on July 21. On that day, the YC workers had organised a dharna at Shahid Park to register protest against police lathi- charge on Kavad pilgrims of Indore during Chief Minister’s visit at the Mahakaleshwar Temple on July 14.
As per their plan, about 300-400 YC workers assembled at Shahid Park and then moved towards the IG bungalow via Durga Plaza and Dewas Road, but they were not allowed to move further from Sharma Parisar (in front of Ashray Hotel). About 300 jawans of Rapid Action Force and Special Force along with district force were deployed in the area to intercept them. The IG bungalow was also converted into police chhawani.
When the police officers including ASPs Rajesh Vyas (city) and Pankaj Shrivastava (rural), CSP Vijay Davar and ADM Avadhesh Sharma stopped the YC workers, they sat on dharna and created a chakka jam. Immediately, the traffic on both ends of the dharna site was diverted on alternate roads. Despite it, school and college students, employees of private establishments, etc, had to face numerous inconveniences.
ASP Vyas and ADM Sharma looked aggressive over the stand of the YC leaders and warned them to face awkward situation in the wake of inconveniences made to the people. They also asked the sub-ordinates to remove the agitators from the road and also to seize the vehicle which they put on the road and through which they conducted the proceedings with the help of sound arrangements. Also, YC leader Surendra Marmat had to face the wrath of the ASP.
After long arguments, the local authorities allowed some 10 YC leaders to visit the IG bungalow to make their submissions. They reached under the leadership of Kunal Chaudhari and seen relaxed on their return. Before they could communicate the outcome of their dialogue to the agitators, heated arguments occurred between few officers and the agitators. Patwari tried to intervene, but was also lifted from the site along with others.
Soon, the whole scene became chaotic and panic was created when police resorted to lathi-charge them to disperse the YC workers. Some old persons, shop keepers, students and vehicle drivers were also trapped under the police’s excesses. Some YC workers reportedly pelted stones on the RAF jawans and they finally dispersed them in the direction of Teen Batti Chauraha. Scenes of hustle and bustle prevailed for about 15 minutes.
In the mean time, police officers and those special police jawans who were in civil dress started lifting the YC workers from the dharna site. When police took Patwari, Chaudhari and others to a police vehicle, they registered strong protest. Here again, heated verbal duel was held between both sides. During it, Chaudhari, Bhura and about 10 other YC workers received injuries in the lathi-charge. A constable was also beaten by the policemen in confusion. Patwari was taken to the IG’s bungalow for talk.
After arresting about 30 YC workers, police took them to Bhairavgarh Jail premises and kept them in detention for about three hours. MLA Patwari, former MLA Ramlal Malviya and others also reached there. At about 5.30 pm, all the detainees were released after their bail was accepted by the tehsildar. Meanwhile, the Madhav Nagar police registered cases against the agitators for creating hindrances in the government functioning and resorting to chakkajam.
Admn adopting double standards: Patwari
Prior to the agitation, MLA Jitu Patwari addressed a press conference at the Press Club. He accused the local administration for adopting double standards on the agitations. “Police booked the YC workers on the same charges which they framed against the workers of pro-Hindu organisations who tried to disturb the peace and communal harmony during Ujjain bandh on August 2,” he elaborated claiming that the YC workers had registered protest peacefully. The Congress MLA also charged the BJP’s Member of Parliament Chintamani Malviya for his utterances during the Ujjain bandh. “Prof Malviya should be arrested for his highly objectionable speech and derogatory remarks against the SP Anurag Kumar,” he added. According to Patwari, BJP leaders have got highly arrogant, but they should not forget that the people may also throw them out from the power for their acts. Responding to pin pointed questions, Patwari said the Congress would take up the issue of lathi-charge on the Kavad pilgrims at the higher level.
4 ‘Hectic’ Mondays!
It is for the first time in the history of Ujjain that all four Mondays of the Shravan month witnessed hectic activities. On first Monday on July 14, police lathi-charged the Kavad pilgrims of Indore at the time when the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his wife Sadhana Singh and son Kartikeya Singh were taken to the garbhgriha of Mahakaleshwar Temple. On the second Monday on July 21, the YC workers organised a massive demonstration against the lathi-charge incident met with the Kavad pilgrims. On third Monday on July 28, CM’s wife Sadhana Singh was facilitated to reach the Mahakaleshwar Temple along with her SUV and some other vehicles. On that day, some Kavad pilgrims from Indore were badly beaten near Begambagh Colony. On July 31, some miscreants damaged the platform outside Chamaneshwar Mahadev Mandir, near Eidgah at Indira Nagar. On August 2, the pro-Hindu organisations called for Ujjain bandh and had to face police lathi-charge. On fourth Monday, the YC workers faced similar treatment as the police lathi-charged them. It remained a talking point among the people here that why the YC organised their agitation on two Mondays alone as it created a lot of problem to maintain law and order.