Akhilesh Yadav among other leaders arrested in Lucknow

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, party MP Prof Ram Gopal Yadav and Ex- minister of Uttar Pradesh Shivpal Yadav have been detained for violation of Section 144 in Lucknow.

According to reports, Akhilesh Yadav and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav were arrested when they were staging dharna in front of the Samajwadi Party office after being denied permission to go to Lakhimpur, following the violence at a farmers' protest there on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead. The two leaders have been taken to the Eco Garden along with others workers.

Meanwhile, Shivpal Yadav was detained from near the Engineering College on Sitapur road while he was on his way to Lakhimpur, and has been brought to the Police Lines under tight security. Police Commissioner D K Thakur confirmed the arrest of these leaders.

In addition, in another report, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi was detained by police on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri at Hargaon. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Priyanka, I know you won't hold back - they are stunned by your courage. In this non-violent fight for justice, we will make the country's farmers win." A large number of Congress activists assemblee in Sitapur to demand the release of Priyanka. The Congress alleged that Salman Khurshid and Pramod Tiwari had been placed under house arrest in Lucknow in a bid to prevent them from rendering legal aid to Priyanka.

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