Azharuddin courts arrest in support of Bahuguna

Published: Friday, July 17, 2009, 14:41 [IST]
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Azharuddin courts arrest

Moradabad: Former Indian captain and Congress MP from Moradabad Mohammad Azharuddin had courted arrest as a symbolic protest against the the arrest of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi

Rita was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly having made derogatory remarks against UP chief minster Mayawati during public meet at Moradabad. The UP chief was booked under the the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Azhar said that she had been put behind bars despite tendering apology to Chief Minister Mayawati.

Hudreds of Congress workers also gathered around the Moradabad jail to express solidarity with Congress chief.

Azharuddin meets Rita Joshi in jail

At a meeting in Moradabad Rita had mocked at the state director general of police flying down to Dalit rape victims in recent days and spending huge amounts to distribute compensation of Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000 to each of them.

She reportedly told the women that they should not only throw the compensation money back at the government's face, but if this was how the rape victims were going to get justice, "tell Mayawati we would give Rs 1 crore" if she faced the same fate.


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