Raipur: Holding brooms and placards, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Monday staged a demonstration outside the Chhattisgarh Assembly in Raipur, demanding among other things arrest of BJP MP Sohan Potai for his alleged links with Maoists supporters.
“Twenty-eight AAP workers, including women, who were protesting outside Vidhan Sabha, have been arrested,” Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal said.
The AAP activists were disguised as villagers and brought the brooms and posters in their vehicles, he said. Soon after the demonstration started outside the gate number 3, they were arrested, he added.
When asked how they could reach close to the Assembly as the budget session was underway, Pal said AAP, while seeking permission for the protest, had informed that they will take out procession from Dharna Sthal.
They were stopped near the Sapre School ground, but some, managed to reach near the Assembly by pretending that they were ordinary passers-by, which was illegal, he said.
Earlier, as many 125 workers were arrested and released later, he added. Discussion on budget was going on during this time.
AAP district secretary Sandeep Tiwari said that apart from the arrest of Potai, the party wanted support price of Rs 2,100 and bonus of Rs 300 for paddy farmers as per BJP’s poll promise, action against the liquor mafias, and release of innocent tribals lodged in jails for alleged Naxal links.
Main opposition Congress had levelled allegations of Naxal links against the BJP MP a few days ago.