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STATE EX-CONG CHIEF OFFERS TO COURT ARREST IN PROTEST

Sunday, 06 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– High drama unfolded at the Dalanwala police station on Saturday as police refused to arrest former President of Uttarakhand Congress, Kishore Upadhyaya when he arrived with hundreds of his supporters to court arrest. In protest against local police visting his house and serving a Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) in the case in which the Congress leader had been granted bail, the Congress leader marched to the local police station with many of his followers. When he arrived at the police station and offered arrest, the Circle Officer (CO) Jaya Baluni who was present on the occasion declined to arrest the Congress leader. Before the start of the march of the Congress leader, senior police officers went to his residence and requested him not to arrive in the police station as he would not be arrested but Upadhyaya ignored the request. Speaking to the newsmen, Upadhyaya said that a NBW was served at his home due to which the family members became very concerned. He said that as a law abiding citizen he is presenting himself to the police to arrest him. The President of the district Congress Prithvi Raj Chauhan who accompanied Upadhyaya charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for targeting the Congress leaders and harassing them. He said that in the same case another leader who now is a Minister in BJP government was not sent the NBW. The congress workers claimed that the Upadhayaa was being targeted as he was planning to hold a press conference on Dhaincha seed scam in which the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was involved. It is worth mentioning here that on April 24, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Dehradun had granted bail to Upadhyaya, Senior Cabinet Minister Harak Singh Rawat and others in the case slapped on them for staging a massive Gherao of Uttarakhand assembly in 2009. At that time the Congress was in the Opposition.

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