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Mob attacks U.P. BJP office

By Our Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW, MAY 19. An angry mob claiming to be Congress workers went on the rampage in the Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party office here in front of the State Secretariat, targeting office property and vehicles.

A vehicle used by the State party chief, Vinay Katiyar, was damaged and some persons injured in the brick-batting indulged in by the mob.

Police later reached the spot and chased away the demonstrators using mild force.

A complaint lodged by the person in charge of the BJP office, Lakshman Singh, said that Congress workers had come to personally attack Mr. Katiyar. They, however, left as they found that Mr. Katiyar was not in the office.

Talking to newspersons later, the BJP spokesperson, H.N. Dixit, condemned the behaviour of the Congress saying it was inherent in their political culture to suppress the voice of the Opposition whenever it came to power. He expressed the hope that the incident would be investigated properly by the State Government.

Reports of Congresspersons making similar protests were also received from Rae Bareli, from where the party president, Sonia Gandhi, has been elected to the Lok Sabha.

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