Cong workers to court mass arrest in MP

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Bhopal, Jul 7 (UNI) Congress workers will court mass arrest tomorrow in the vicinity of the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in protest against recent violence at the state's commercial capital Indore and several other parts of the state, alleged ill-treatment meted out to Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jamuna Devi, corruption and the dismal law and order situation.

''A rally will be taken out at 1100 hrs from Tin Shed (area) to Roshanpura. A meeting to be conducted at Roshanpura crossing will be addressed by Congress state President Suresh Pachouri and other senior leaders,'' the party's state unit spokesman Manak Agrawal said at a press conference here today.

A procession -- including Mr Pachouri, Congress general secretaries V Narayanasamy and Digvijay Singh, Ms Devi, state Congress Election Campaign Committee Chairman Ajay Singh, office-bearers of fronts and organisations -- would then head for the Assembly.

''The ill-treatment meted out to Ms Devi -- outside the Chief Minister's residence yesterday -- will be a poll issue,'' said Mr Agrawal.

The Congress not only demanded a judicial probe into the incident outside the residence but also called for action against police and administrative officials for senior leaders being taken into custody at Indore airport.

''Ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh each must be given to the kin of six people killed in Indore and Satna besides jobs for a member of each affected family,'' Mr Agrawal added.

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