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BKU leader Rakesh tikait arrested

Senior BJP leaders, BKU leader arrested

May 12, 2011, 02.22pm IST

GHAZIABAD: Senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were arrested here by the Uttar Pradesh Police when they were agitating in support of farmers of Greater Noida who want more compensation from the state government for their acquired land.The arrests evoked a strong reaction from the party which alleged that Uttar Pradesh was being run under a "dictatorship" and vowed to continue its protest "irrespective of repression".The BJP leaders were arrested on charge of breach of peace under section 151 CrPC and taken to the police lines in a police van in the district where prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC which do not allow assembly of four or more persons were already imposed.Rajnath Singh had started a 24-hour fast today at the Ambedkar park here to protest against atrocities on farmers by the UP government. Jaitley and Naqvi, along with some state unit leaders of BJP, had gathered to support him.After the arrest, Rajnath said wherever he is kept under detention, his fast would continue till 11am tomorrow. He alleged that there was utter lawlessness and rampant corruption in Uttar Pradesh under the BSP government.Earlier, the former UP chief minister said if a BJP government came to power it would form a commission to investigate all corruption cases against the Mayawati government."The situation in UP is such that even legitimate protest is prohibited. This is an intolerant government. Our protest will continue irrespective of repression," Jaitley told PTI after the arrest.Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha alleged that Mayawati was being dictatorial and acting like an "Ottoman ruler"."UP is being run like under a dictatorship. Sitting on a hunger strike for 24 hours is an absolutely assured democratic right. How can you arrest somebody not indulging in looting or rioting? Which law was broken that necessitated their arrest. I am absolutely shocked at the behaviour of the government," Sinha said.He maintained that it was the Mayawati government which had ordered firing on the agitating villagers."If the opposition goes there, you cannot find fault with them. It is our duty to reach out to the farmers in this hour of need," he said.The former union minister insisted Mayawati was acting in a "very unwise manner"."This is not the way this issue will be surpressed and if she does not allow expression of opposition then she is in for a great deal of trouble.... If she thinks she a ruler like the Ottoman king then she is completely mistaken," Sinha said.BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar maintained that both Congress and BSP were responsible for the present state of affairs.Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait was on Thursday arrested while he was on his way to the troubled Batta Parsaul area of Greater Noida to meet the agitating farmers.Tikait and 100 other BKU workers were arrested when they broke a police barrier in Ganga Nagar while on their way to Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida, DIG (Meerut) Prem Prakash said.Tikait, BKU's national spokesperson, and his associates were kept at the police line, Prakash added.Tikait said that they were going to the troubled area to help in restoration of normalcy in the region by talking with the agitating farmers.He said that BKU chief Mahendra Singh Tikait could not come personally as he was not well.Tension prevailed in Greater Noida following the death of four people, including farmers and polica, in police firing when the farmers' agitation demanding better compensation for land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project turned violent.The entire issue has also gained political heat with the visit of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi who was arrested by police on Wednesday during his visit to the troubled Bhatta Parsaul region.

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