Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was today detained by the police after he led a quick sit-in protest in Lucknow whilst the administration sealed the road resulting in his residence right before his “Kisan Yatra” scheduled in Kannauj district.
A little past noon, Mr Yadav, wearing his party’s trademark red cap, and along side a bunch of supporters, broke through police barricades placed near his residence on Lucknow’s Vikramaditya Marg. Following resistance by the police, he and his supporters squatted within the middle of the road as SP workers raised slogans against the govt , reported press agency ANI.
Shortly afterwards, he was detained by the police.
Earlier, the authorities had informed that the Kisan Yatra had been denied permission, and detained several SP leaders, besides sealing Vikramaditya Marg. The clampdown had been justified citing the Covid-19 protocol in situ across the state.
“We were informed that folks will gather at one spot and launch a procession from there, and that i understand that any crowd that is still static for half an hour or an hour, doesn’t help anyone, not even the SP President. We had even requested that the programme be dropped,” Kannauj district magistrate Rakesh Mishra told NDTV.com