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Demonetisation protest turns violent in Raipur; 6 cops hurt

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Workers of the the and clashed today during a protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation, injuring six police personnel.

The scuffle broke out in Gudhiyari area here during a demonstration held by the Congressto mark the note ban anniversary, Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla told PTI.

"Six policemen sustained injuries while they were trying to control the situation. Two of them suffered head injuries. All the injured have been shifted to a local hospital," he said.

Leaders of both the parties complained of attacking each other and also claimed that several workers of their respective parties got injured in the scuffle, the SP said.

A probe has been initiated in this connection, he added.

The claimed that leaders and workers pelted them with stones when thy were peacefully protesting against the exercise of the Centre in Gudhiyari area which falls under the constituency of state's PWD Minister Rajesh Munat.

"All the senior party leaders, including AICC general secretary and state in-charge PL Punia, were present during the protest. It seems that workers wanted to inflict injuries on senior leaders," state president Bhupesh Baghel said.

Baghel alleged that workers hurled stones on leaders on direction of the minister.

He also accused police of protecting ruling party workers and demanded to register ca ase of attempt to murder against them.

leaders also sought an apology from Chief Minister Raman Singh and state chief Dharamlal Kaushik for the alleged violent act of their workers.

Meanwhile, ruling rejected the charges and said that it was workers who created tension during the protest.

"islevelingfalse charges on workers after the opposition party was exposed in the fake CD row," MLA and spokesperson Shivratan Sharma said.

workers had gone to the protest site to show black flags to Bhupesh Baghel over the "fake" CD row. But, workers turned violent and started pelting stones on them that left many workers injured, Sharma said.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 00:13 IST