Express News Service
LUCKNOW: Aam Admi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti was arrested in Amethi on Monday for his alleged derogatory statement about the condition of hospitals in Uttar Pradesh. The arrest was made under Section 151 of the CrPC.
Earlier in the day, ink was thrown at the AAP MLA by a youth while he was talking to police personnel over his visit to Rae Bareli district.
Following the incident, Bharti got into an altercation with cops over his visit to Amethi. He was detained at a guest house. Meanwhile, the youth who threw ink on Bharti fled the spot.
Bharti has been on a visit to Amethi and Rae Bareli. The incident occurred when he was trying to visit a school in Rae Bareli.
He had previously made a controversial comment regarding the condition of hospitals in the state. The AAP leader had reached Rae Bareli on Sunday night to inspect some government schools.
Later talking to media persons, Bharti called it the “handiwork of BJP workers” while raising questions over the law and order situation in UP.
On getting the information about the incident, CO Anjani Kumar Chaturvedi reached the spot. The MLA allegedly told the CO that the right-wing workers tryingto intimidate and that ink was thrown at him in the presence of cops.
Bharti claimed that he was in Rae Bareli to oversee party’s preparations for the upcoming panchayat polls.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh, meanwhile, said that the dictatorship in Uttar Pradesh was reaching a crescendo and efforts were being made to browbeat AAP leaders who raise questions on the poor conditions of health and education facilities in the state.