Mahila Congress state president detained, workers protest ahead of PM visit at Pithoragarh
Pithoragarh, Oct 12
Prior to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Pithoragarh, Congress workers today held a demonstration and took out a procession from Siltham to Station, where they were stopped by security personnel after a minor scuffle .
“Over 100 Congress workers including eight women leaders took part in this procession. We want to draw attention of the Prime Minister towards problems of district including, resuming of civil air services from Naini- Saini airport , opening of base hospital with all specialised facilities, construction of medical college and strict punishment to Ankita Bhandari killers, ” said Mahendra Lunthi, a senior Congress leader who led the procession. The Congress workers sat on a dharna in protest against the detention of their state Mahila Congress president by the police.
Earlier, Jyoti Rautela, state president of Mahila Congress along with Pithoragarh District Mahila Congress president Bhawana Naharkoti were detained by police early morning .” They have been sent to unknown place by the police after taking them into custody,” charged Mahendra Lunthi.
Harish Rawat, former Chief Minister in a statement alleged that Prime Minister is doing politics in the name of religious tours.” This is an election tour and if he is really sincere about pilgrimage at this part of border, he must start ‘Kailash yatra’ as well and declare Jageshwar also as a ‘Dham’,” said Harish Rawat.
Meanwhile, Suryakant dhasmana, senior vice-president of Uttarakhand Congress has condemned the detention of Congress leaders and workers who had been demonstrating democratically in support of the genuine demands of Uttarakhand.