UP Congress leaders protest party colleague”s arrest, held

Ajay Kumar Lallu

Lucknow, June 30 : Congress Uttar Pradesh unit president Ajay Kumar Lallu and Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhana Mishra were arrested on Tuesday morning along with several other party workers while they were protesting against the arrest of party colleague Shahnawaz Alam.

Congress supporters, led by the UPCC chief and CLP leader, attempted to gherao the Lok Bhawan, the office of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, when they were arrested and taken to the Kanshi Ram Eco Garden.

Talking to IANS during their arrest, Lallu said: “It is going to be a do-or-die battle against this (BJP) government which is committing atrocities on our leaders and workers. We will fight this battle to its logical conclusion.”

Alam was arrested from his residence late Monday night on the charge of involvement in the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest on December 19, 2019 in Lucknow.

He was arrested after police gathered sufficient evidence against him, DCP (central) Dinesh Singh had said.

Earlier, Lallu was arrested on May 20 by the state police on charge of furnishing forged documents of buses that the party wished to use to ferry stuck migrant workers back to Uttar Pradesh.

He was arrested first in Agra for sitting on a dharna against the state authorities for non-grant of permission to run the buses. Though he was bailed out by an Agra court, he re-arrested in connection with the case filed in Lucknow regarding the documents of buses. He was finally bailed out by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on June 16.

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