Scores of Youth Congress activists were rounded up here on Saturday by police, which also resorted to lathi charge and used water canons to prevent them from proceeding towards the chief minister's residence.
State Youth Congress vice-president Manjeet Sahoo said a march was taken out from the BPCC headquarters, Sadaqat Ashram, in presence of AICC in-charge of the state Shaktisinh Gohil and state party president Madan Mohan Jha.
"The march was taken out to draw the Nitish Kumar government's attention towards the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, which has been evident from the recent spurt in murders and crimes against women, besides issues like soaring unemployment," Sahoo told PTI.
The agitators were stopped before they could reach the high-security zone, police said.
"We had to take recourse to mild use of force which included lathi charge and water canons. The agitators, numbering around 100, were detained and taken to the Kotwali police station from where they were let off after a couple of hours," a police official said.
Sahoo added that they marched towards the CM's residence but police had put up barricades at Hartali Chowk, about a kilometre ahead of Kumar's house.
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