India’s Uttar Pradesh Congress party chief put under house arrest

Rahul Gandhi (File Photo: Reuters). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

LUCKNOW, Oct 3, 2020, The Hindu. UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu has been put under house arrest here ahead of the scheduled visit of senior leader Rahul Gandhi to Hathras on Saturday, the party said, The Hindu reported.

According to party spokesperson Anshu Awasthi, police personnel have been stationed outside Mr. Lallu’s house here and he is not being allowed to venture outside.

The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Ajay Kumar Lallu has been placed under house arrest at his residence in the State capital, Mr. Awasthi said.

The step has been taken to prevent Mr. Lallu from joining Rahul Gandhi who is scheduled to visit Hathras, he added.

“By doing so, the State government is only exposing itself. It has removed all doubts from people’s mind that it has resorted to gundagardi and is blatantly standing with the criminals of Hathras,” he said.

A tweet by Uttar Pradesh Congress said, “Our State president Shri Ajay Kumar Lalluji, our district heads and more than 500 workers have been placed under house arrest. Yogiji don’t stop those who fight for justice.”

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