Lucknow, March 8 (IANS) Thousands of Samajwadi Party (SP) activists in Uttar Pradesh, including senior leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Azam Khan, were Tuesday detained and several were baton charged as they clashed with police during their state-wide anti-government protests.
The party held demonstrations as part of its three-day campaign against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government of Mayawati.
Party activists hit the streets on the second day, shouting anti-BSP slogans and disrupting work in government offices in many places including Auraiya, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.
While Azam Khan was detained in Rampur along with several supporters, national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav was held in Auraiya after trying to disrupt work at government offices.
SP workers in Gorakhpur blocked a train. Police used batons to break up protests in Basti, Kushinagar, Bijnor and Farrukhabad.
Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur and several major cities also witnessed similar demonstrations.
In capital Lucknow, several lawyers courted arrest.