Uttar Pradesh police prevented us from entering Gorakhpur: Amar SinghJanuary 15th, 2009 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh Thursday alleged that the Uttar Pradesh police and administration had physically assaulted him and other party activists at the Gorakhpur airport and prevented them from entering the city for a protest march.”They even hit us and forced us to return to Delhi,” Singh said at a press conference in the evening, pointing to the bandage on his head.
Singh, along with Jaya Bachchan and the party’s Gorakhpur candidate and Bhojpuri actor, Manoj Tiwari, had gone to Gorakhpur to stage a protest against the alleged money extortion by the Bhahujan Samaj Party workers for the chief minister’s birthday fund.
“We requested the police and the administration to at least let us meet our workers but they hit us with canes,” Singh alleged.
“Some lady constables requested me to return back to Delhi,” said Jaya Bachchan, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP.
“I am surprised at how I was prevented from entering the city where I was born,” Tiwari said.
However, Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Srivastav denied beating the Samajwadi Party leaders.
Jaya Bachchan claimed that actor Sanjay Dutt had not said he was not interested in joining politics. “Sanjay said he has not issued any statement that he is not interested in coming into politics. He said it is possible that the media is running some of his old clippings,” she stated. The party has named Dutt its Lok Sabha candidate from Lucknow.
“Sanjay is visiting Lucknow Jan 17 and will also go to Gorkhpur the same day,” Amar Singh informed.
Singh claimed that the Gorakhpur administration has imposed a three-month ban on Tiwari from entering the city. “Since I and Jaya Bachchan are members of the Rajya Sabha, we will take up this issue with the Privileges Committee. We will also talk to the concerned authorities on the ban on Tiwari,” said Singh.
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