24 injured in clash between police and Bhartiya Kisan Union in UP

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Sisoli (Uttar Pradesh), Mar 31 : At least 24 people including policemen were injured when a clash erupted between police and activists of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) at Sisoli in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Supporters of BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tiket resorted to stone pelting against the policemen who had come to the town in strength to arrest their leader.

Police on Sunday had registered a case against Tiket under the Scheduledastes and Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act for allegedly making derogatory remarks against state Chief Minster Mayawati.

Meanwhile, Rakesh Tiket, Mahendra Singh Tiket's son said that they would not allow police to arrest BKU leader.

"From last night, the whole village is witnessing violence and the situation is tense. There is continuous firing by police. The doors of the houses in the village are being broken. They are misbehaving with women. The whole atmosphere is of terror. How can they take Mahendra Singh forcefully? Only his dead body can go from here," Rakesh added.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, has extended support to BKU in its latest stand off with the State Government.

Imran Mehsood, a prominent SP legislator, who was on his way to Sisoli, has been reportedly arrested at Saharanpur.

Central paramilitary forces have been deployed to bring the situation under control.

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