BJP rallyists baton charged in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Feb 25 (Calcutta Tube) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were baton charged by police here Thursday when they turned violent in their protest against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for its failure to control rising prices.

Initially the party workers, led by Haryana BJP president Krishna Pal Gurjar, were staging a peaceful protest and were raising slogans against the UPA government.

However, the protest turned violent when police stopped them from moving towards the Haryana Raj Bhavan, official residence of Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia.

‘They were not listening to us and were disturbing the law and order situation of the area. Therefore, we used mild force to control them. We have also arrested 35 of them,’ said a police officer.

Over 200 BJP workers from various parts of Haryana gathered here Thursday on a call given by Gurjar to protest the UPA government failure to control rising prices of general commodities.

‘We just wanted to meet the governor and to submit our memorandum to him. But Chandigarh police started pushing and misbehaving with us. They have mercilessly beaten our party workers and during the melee scores of our party workers have sustained serious injuries,’ said Gurjar, who was also arrested by the police.

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