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Police remove martyrs’ widows from protest site in Jaipur

BJP MP Kirorilal Meena admitted to SMS hospital with bruises as he fell off a police vehicle while being taken away from the dharna site.

Statesman News Service | Jaipur |


Three martyrs’ widows, protesting in support of their demands here for the last eleven days, were shifted from the civil lines to the hospitals near their villages in the wee hours of Friday.

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Kirorilal Meena fell off from a police vehicle in which he was being carried, shifted to the SMS Hospital’s Emergency ward. Spearheading the protest-cum-dharna in civil lines, he was arrested for jostling with the police personnel in a bid to break the barricade to enter the Samod area to meet one of the widows.

“In view of their deteriorating health, on doctors’ advice the protesting women were taken to hospitals near their villages for treatment from at 3 am,” a senior police official at the Police Headquarters told SNS when contacted.

“No police action was taken against the ailing women,” the cop clarified.

Nine male supporters of Rajya Sabha MP (BJP) Kirorilal Meena who tried to stop shifting of the three women were rounded up in section 151 of IPC and sent to the SEZ police station.

After receiving the information, the BJP MP rushed to the SEZ police station to inquire about the martyrs’ widows. Not finding them there, he got angry with the cops and had a heated exchange with them. He accused them of misbehaving and manhandling him.

As he was reluctant to move into the Police SUV, Meena was forced into the vehicle. But in a bid to escape he fell off the vehicle on to the street and sustained bruises. In a push and shove, the MP’s ‘payjama’ slipped off his belly. He was rushed in his inner wear first to the Govindgarh Community Health Centre, and from there to the SMS hospital in an ambulance where he is under observation.

Meena’s private secretary told SNS that he received minor bruises and pain in his neck and head, otherwise there was no risk to his health as he is undergoing proper treatment in the hospital. Despite this, a senior cop of the Jaipur Police Commissionerate told media the MP was neither arrested nor he was manhandled, but shifted to the hospital for his (MP) better health.

As soon as the news of the ‘arrest’ spread, supporters of the MP started taking to the streets. Jaipur-Agra National Highway and Lalsot-Dausa Highway were blocked during the protest. His supporters also gathered outside SMS Hospital.