Members of the Uttar Pradesh unit of Congress today staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha, demanding a judicial probe into the alleged security lapse during Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's visit to Bareilly.
The members, through an adjournment notice, raised the issue of alleged security lapse during February 11 visit by senior party leaders, including Dikshit, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, Pervez Hashmi and state unit chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi among others.
The leaders had gone to offer a 'chaddar' at the famous dargah of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, a prominent cleric belonging to the Barelvi Islamic school.
The members, including Pramod Tewari and Pradip Mathur, alleged that despite being duly informed, the Bareilly
administration acted in "an irresponsible manner and created
an atmosphere where these leaders were exposed to unnecessary risks."
State parliamentary affairs minister, Lalji Verma, quoting the district magistrate's report, said though the leaders were exposed to hardships due to immense crowd and narrow pathways, they were given full security.
Verma said lady police officers were also made available for Dikshit and Joshi.
Stating that the district magistrate's report was not right, the members pressed for a judicial inquiry into the incident. When their demand was not accepted they staged a walkout, shouting slogans against the government.