Lucknow: BJP workers were on Wednesday lathi-charged by police as they attempted to gherao Vidhan Bhawan when the House was in process to protest against the law and order situation in the state.
The BJP workers assembled at party headquarters and attempted to march towards Vidhan Bhawan where heavy barricading was done by police. The workers, including party MPs and MLAs, broke the barricading and continued their march towards Vidhan Bhawan after which police used water cannon and then used force to disperse them.
"The protest is against the poor law and order situation which the government itself admitted to in the Assembly on Tuesday," BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
"The government in a written reply on Tuesday admitted that in past over five months, 1,012 cases of rapes and 4,520 of women harassment have been registered in Uttar Pradesh," he said.
"From 15 March to 18 August this month, 1,012 cases of rape, 4,520 cases of women harassment, 1,386 of loot and 86 cases of dacoity have been reported in the state," the UP government had informed in reply to a question by BJP member Satish Mahana in the state assembly.
For effective check on such crimes, Crime Branch has been constituted in every district under Additional SP (Crime) it said. The reply said through web-based mapping, hotspots of crimes are being identified and effective patrolling is being ensured.