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Probe into police action on YC activists ordered

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday ordered magisterial probe into the Police action on the protesting Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress activists last Friday.

In response to the demand of the Opposition Congress in state Assembly, the CM said that his government was willing for discussion and also for enquiry into the incident.

Thakur said that the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of the Police were at the spot when the incident took place.

He said that the Youth Congress activists had sought permission to hold protest for one and a half hour. However, the protest continued from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Blaming the activists for provoking the police, he said that nine police personnel, including Additional Superintendent of Police, had got injured in the incident.

The Opposition Congress earlier staged a walkout twice on issue of police action on the protesting youth wing of the party.

At the start of the Assembly session in the afternoon the Opposition Congress sought for discussion under Rule 67.

Leader of Opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri along with other Congress members Asha Kumari, Ram Lal Thakur and Jagat Singh Negi had sought discussion on police action as they had given notice under Rule 67 for adjournment motion to discuss the issue.

The Congress members sought judicial probe into the incident of lathi-charge by police on the protesting youth responsible for it.

When permission was not granted by the Speaker Rajeev Bindal the Opposition Congress created ruckus, raised slogans against the government and entered the well of the House. Counter slogans were also raised by some of the members of the ruling party resenting the behaviour of the Opposition members.

The Congress members later staged a walk out from the House. The Speaker adjourned the house till 2.30 p.m.

When the House resumed the unrelenting Opposition Congress again pressed for discussion under rule 67 and continued to press for their demands.

When discussion was not permitted as they again took to sloganeering and entered the well of the house.

Amid the ruckus the Speaker, announced the start of the Question Hour.

Not participating in the proceedings, the Opposition Congress again resorted to walkout. They later joined the proceedings of the Assembly for the day.