Lucknow, Feb 25 (Calcutta Tube) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists clashed with police here Thursday when their protest against the central government’s failure to contain rising prices took a violent turn.
Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the protesters, who threw stones at the security personnel. Police were trying to stop the protesters from marching towards the state assembly.
Police claimed no one was injured in the incident, but the opposition party alleged 12 of their workers and leaders sustained injuries after police baton charged them.
Led by senior leaders including Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP workers from across the state, converged at the Jhule Lal Vatika to participate in a ‘Maha rally against inflation, corruption’.
After the senior leaders’ address, party workers marched towards the assembly, but were stopped by police. Agitated party workers then started clashing with police and tried to force their way out of the barricades put up to stop them.