The Samajwadi Party has blamed BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and her Party (BSP) for the violence in the state in which at least one person was killed and many others were injured.
The agitation against the death of a student in police firing and imposition of Value Added Tax in the state strengthened on Thursday in which over 3000 SP leaders, workers and supporters were arrested.
At some places agitation took an ugly turn when SP workers resorted to violence at Jaswantnagar in Etawah district, Baranbaki, Allahabad , Bareily and Varanasi. The agitators were sprayed by police resorted to lathicharge in Varanasi.
The protest against the imposition of VAT was piloted by SP national general secretary Amar Singh in Lucknow . The meeting held at collectorate and the party workers submitted a memorandum to the Additional District Magistrate.
Amar Singh warned that the state police would be held responsible if anything happens to his party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav's family members.
Phase of allegation and counter allegation started with Amar Singh's new charge on UP Chief Minister that if something happens to Shivpal and Akhilesh Yadav, Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh, then Director-General of Police Vikram Singh, Brij Pal and Mayawati will be responsible. Earlier Mayawati alleged that if something happens to her then Congress would be responsible for it.
Principal Secretary (Home) J.N. Chamber said the maximum number of 655 arrests was made in the Moradabad division, followed by 450 in Agra, 432 in Gorakhpur, 415 in Bareilly and 407 in Basti. He said security was strengthened and vigil would be maintained.
Singh accused Mayawati of pursuing politics of hatred. He said that chief minister is hatching a conspiracy to eliminate him, Mr. Mulayam Singh, his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and Mulayam's son, Akhilesh Yadav.
It is ridiculous that a leader in power is demanding for SPG cover. While the security covers for Mr. Mulayam Singh, a former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, was removed, the Chief Minister was seeking SPG cover, he said.
Amar Singh demanded help from different quarters on Thursday in his party's struggle against BSP. He admitted that his party alone could not succeed in its war against the ruling party.
Samajwadi Party protesters took to streets condemning the state government for the violence.
Several towns in Uttar Pradesh have been facing violence since Wednesday after the police slapped Akhilesh Yaday and assaulted his uncle Shivpal Yadav.