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Anguish continues over Meher's murder:Mayawati visits Bhargavas

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Mar 28 (UNI) Public sentiments especially from women and civil organisations, continue to be ventilated in the form of protests over the death of Meher Bhargava, even as leaders from various parties visited her residence to pay homage to the departed soul.

BSP president Mayawati, union state minister for home affairs Sri Prakash Jaiswal and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot were the prominent ones, who called upon the Bhargavas to pay their condolence.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee -- who spoke to Chief Minister Mulayam singh Yadav over phone last evening, asking for speedy action in the case -- would also pay a visit this evening.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar and his wife Maha Laxmi visited the family of Meher Bhargava this morning. They met Rani Ram Kumar Lila Bhargava -- Meher's mother-in-law -- and paid floral homage.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayawati condemned the incident and observed it should be seen as a blatant failure of the law and order machinery Uttar Pradesh. Demanding a CBI probe, the BSP leader maintained she had no faith in the present state government as far as investigation in the case was concerned.

While public protests over Meher's murder continued, the Congress has taken up the issue in a big way. It has organised a 'dharna' at GPO Park tomorrow in which Congress general secretary and in charge of UP affairs Ashok Gehlot would also participate.

Various social groups, teachers, students and other civil organisations have condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Yesterday, a candlelight protest meet was also organised at the busy Hazratganj area.

Bhargava was shot by miscreants in the busy Hazratganj area -- barely few yards away from the SSP residence -- when she objected to lewd remarks passed on her daughter-in-law on February 28 last.

She was partially paralysed following the bullet wound and breathed her last at a hospital in the national capital.


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