Hundreds of party workers including volunteers of the women’s cell organized a gherao of the Chief Minister's office and raised slogans against the ruling Samajwadi Party government.

The police used water cannons and baton charged the protestors in an attempt to calm down the situation.

A women protestor said that female constables of Uttar Pradesh Police were assisted by their male counterparts in thwarting the BJP protesters' march towards the Chief Minister’s Office.

Several women workers were injured in the incident.

Kusum Rai, a senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member, said, “The police were working on the Chief Minister's orders and were behaving like goons.”

She said the women's wing of the BJP will not rest until women in the state are given adequate security.

Meanwhile, BJP’s state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai accused the Samajwadi Party government of shielding culprits.

“Criminals were being patronized and protected by the Samajwadi Party government in the state,” Bajpai said.

"We, along with our alliance partner, have won 73 of the 80 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and we cannot be mute spectators while criminals rape and murder women. This government will have to ensure the safety of women and every citizen in the state," he added.

Why SCs-STs Act not slapped against accused, Centre asks UP govt

The Union Home Ministry has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh government asking it to explain why the stringent clauses of Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act were not slapped on those accused of raping and murdering of two cousins in Badaun.

"The law is there. It is to protect the SCs and STs from atrocities. It was a clear case of atrocity on a weaker section of the society. We do not know why the state government has not slapped it (clauses) against the accused," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said.

"It was a heinous crime and the guilty must be given exemplary punishment," Rijiju added.

Five accused-- three brothers Pappu Yadav, Awadhesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav and constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav ---have been arrested in the case that has sparked nation-wide outrage.

The two teenage girls, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15 years, were allegedly gang-raped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a mango tree in a village in Ushait area in Badaun.

Centre not to intervene on its own: Kalraj Mishra

Describing the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh as ‘very grave’, senior BJP leader and Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra said the Centre will take steps if Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi sends a report to it on the present situation of the state.

“The Centre will not intervene on its own but would certainly consider appropriate action if the Governor sends a report,” Mishra said.

He also blasted the state government for not being able to provide proper security to women.


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