Chandrashekhar Azad stages dharna after police stop him from meeting Unnao victim

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Kanpur, Feb 22 (PTI) Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad along with his supporters staged a sit-in here after he was prevented by police from meeting the Unnao victim on Monday, official sources said.

Azad was stopped at Ganga Barrage here while he and his supporters were on their way to Survoday Nagar, Kakadev to meet the teenage girl who was poisoned in Unnao and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Kanpur Range IG, Mohit Agarwal, told PTI over phone that Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar and his supporters were stopped at Ganga Barrage while they were on way to meet the Unnao girl at a private hospital in Kakadev.

'Azad and his supporters were not allowed to meet the girl as it was not appropriate to to make the hospital overcrowded believing that the mass gatherings may lead the spread of infectious diseases and might be a serious threat to the minor girl,' the IG added.

Azad and his supporters had staged a sit-in and they later handed over a memorandum to a magistrate, the IG said adding, they then left the city.

The Bhim Army chief earlier demanded that the girl be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi and a CBI probe be initiated in the case, said another senior official.

Interacting with media persons, Azad said the way the administration deployed police to stop him, the same arrangements should be made to stop criminals so that crime rate in state could come down.

The girl, along with two other minor girls, was given poison in Unnao last week and is undergoing treatment at a hospital here. The two other girls had died following the incident and the main accused was arrested. PTI CORR ABN RDM RDM