Monday, May 23, 2011

After Rahul, UP govt arrests Sachin Pilot

Congress leader lashes out at Mayawati govt, says his detention was unjustified 


Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 at 03:46:32 AM

Noida A week after Rahul Gandhi’s arrest, the Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday arrested Union minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot when he on his way to Bhatta-Parsaul village in Greater Noida to meet the agitating farmers. He was later released.

“He was detained under Section 151 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code). He was taken to police lines,” said Ram Kishan Sharma, additional district magistrate of Ghaziabad.

Pilot, who was on his way to Bhatta-Parsaul after visiting villagers lodged in the Dasna Jail near Ghaziabad, was stopped and arrested near Lal Kuan on National Highway 24.

Pilot sat on the road and protested against the restriction to enter Bhatta-Parsaul, before being taken to the police station amid slogans against UP Chief Minister Mayawati by Congress workers.

“We were not breaking any law. We were just going to Bhatta-Parsaul to console the families of villagers. My arrest was unjustified,” said Pilot, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, before police took him away.

Cops silent on 25 farmers’ arrest

Some 25 villagers are said to have been detained, though police were silent about the arrest. Most men aged between 18-55 fled their homes following the incident, fearing a crackdown by security forces.

Bhatta-Parsaul grabbed attention on May 7 when four people, including two policemen, were killed when villagers clashed with policemen while agitating for higher compensation for their lands acquired by the UP government.

PM offers financial aid

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday announced financial aid for the victims of violence triggered by land acquisition in Greater Noida.

As per a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured in the stir and Rs 10,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.

Four people, including two policemen were killed in the violence on May 7, while the district collector and senior police officials were injured.

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