Congress leaders were today refused permission to take out a march in support of the jailed law student who has accused the BJP’s Chinmayanand of rape.The Congress leaders wanted to march from the town of Shahjahanpur to Lucknow, 180 km away, in solidarity with the student.
Party leader Jitin Prasada has been put under house arrest and about 80 workers of the party have been detained. Dramatic pictures showed Congress workers being lifted by policemen and taken away. The police have also blocked the borders of Shahjahanpur district.
The 23-year-old student was arrested by the police last week in a case of extortion filed by Chinmayanand’s aides. Her family alleges that the police dragged her out of their home without even her slippers. The law student has spent the last four days in prison.