Prime News, National (Lucknow), August 1:- A day after the detention of Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abdullah Azam Khan, son of SP MP Azam Khan, the party workers on Thursday started a protest march towards Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh resulting in a brawl with the state police. Abdullah Azam and his supporters arrested by police for violating Section 144 in Rampur.
A heavy police personnel was deployed and security tightened ahead of the protest march. The UP Police has already imposed Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of more than five people. Several dozens SP workers have also been arrested since morning.
On the instructions of SP president Akhilesh Yadav, all the party leaders and workers from Moradabad and Bareli have been trying to reach Rampur, in a big show of strength to support the father-son duo. However, their efforts have been foiled due to the strict vigilance of the police.
Abdullah Azam was released from police custody on a personal bond on Wednesday evening after he was detained for allegedly obstructing raids being conducted at the Maulana Ali Jauhar University in Rampur. The UP police had conducted raids in the premises of the university, which is headed by Azam Khan and as per sources as many as 2,000 stolen, rare and valuable, books were recovered from the library during the raids.
The police are keeping a strict vigil on the Rampur road from Moradabad. Police personnel have been deployed on the Kashipur intersection, where the SP workers are not being allowed to move forward.
SP MLA Mehboob Ali and his son Pervez Ali were stopped at the Gandhi Murti intersection by the heavy police, following which he resorted to scrimmage with the police. The situation heated up as he was seen pushing a police officer. He then started a sit-in protest at the Gandhi Murti intersection.
Police prevented SP MLA Haji Rizwan from reaching Rampur. Police reached outside the house of the legislator. During this, there was a clash between the police and the supporters of the MLA. Rizwan said that Azam Khan is being harassed unnecessarily and that “the state government is showing frustration”
He also said, “We will run rivers of our blood but will not let the flag of the party bend. We are forcibly stopped which is against democracy. We will definitely go to Rampur.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).