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Ajay Singh among other Cong leaders held

Posted on Dec 22, 10:48AM | UNI

Several Congress leaders, including Madhya Pradesh Assembly's Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh, state Congress Media Cell Chairman Manak Agrawal, were arrested when they observed a sit-in near the high security zone of Chief Minister's residence today to protest the "alarming" rise of rape incidents in the state.

The police allegedly resorted to mild lathicharge to remove them and then took them to Central Jail.

Mr Agrawal told UNI over phone that he and other leaders sustained injuries in lathicharge. "About six Congress men were observing the sit-in peacefully but police used force and arrested us sans any provocation," he said.

Mr Singh said that it was a sensitive issue and the Congress wanted to lodge protest in a democratic manner.

"We are concerned about the deteriorating law and order situation and increasing of rape incidents in the state. The Congress also tried to raise the issue in the Assembly's Winter Session but we were not allowed to discuss over the issue. Three incidents of gangrape and rape took place in Katni, Gwalior and Orchha yesterday but the regime fails to arrest the accused," Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh said that Home Minister Umashankar Gupta admitted in the Assembly that more than 2,500 cases were registered in the state including in the state capital, Indore and Jabalpur. The state registered highest number of rape cases in the country. He alleged that no action was taken in at least 400 cases.

"On one hand Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured that action is being taken against the offenders, on the other, the accused are being released. The Congress will come to the street to protest the incidents," he said.

However, state Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya termed the Congress' sit-in as nothing but a "publicity stunt." The Congress tried to gain politically amidst the Delhi rape incident.

He claimed that the law and order situation is stable in the state.