Varanasi Clash: Congress MLA Ajay Rai Sent To Fatehgarh Jail

08/10/2015 10:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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VARANASI, INDIA - OCTOBER 5: Vehicles set ablaze by angry mob in widespread violence and arson during a procession by seers and local politicians on October 5, 2015 in Varanasi, India. The violence broke out when some miscreants in the crowd resorted to stone-pelting at policemen during a march by seers and some other locals to protest against the incident of lathicharge on them during their dharna staged between September 21 and 23. A few shops, a police booth and a number of vehicles were set ablaze by the mobs which also vandalised public property. The Curfew was imposed in various parts of Varanasi at around 4.30 pm to bring the situation under control and it was lifted after a few hours. (Photo by Rajesh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

VARANASI -- Varanasi district administration has sent Congress MLA Ajay Rai to Fatehgarh jail in Farrukhabad District of Uttar Pradesh. He was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the violence in the city during Anyay Pratikar Yatra.

Following Rai's arrest, the Congress party workers had earlier tried to block roads in some areas yesterday.

Congress' communication department chairman, Satyadev Tripathi alleged that the ruling Samajwadi Party government was harassing Congress leaders in Varanasi and that raids were being conducted at the houses of party leaders. He has demanded judicial inquiry into this violence so that the truth can come out and real culprits could be caught.

He said members of BJP, VHP and Hindu Yuva Vahini, who had instigated the violence, have not been named so far.

Over a dozen vehicles, including police jeeps and a few shops, were torched while several policemen and protesters sustained injuries as they clashed during the Anyay Pratikar Yatra organised by sadhus in Varanasi district's Godaulia area.

The protest was against the September 22 batoncharge on Sadhus and their supporters, when they were taking out a procession for Lord Ganesha's idol immersion in the Ganga.

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