Gulabi gang beats up UP policemen black and blue

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Led by women rights activist Sampat Pal,  these women  were protesting against detention of some labourers by the police for their alleged involvement in illegal sand mining in Chitrakoot district, about 280 kilometres from here.

Pal, also a Congress nominee from Manikpur assembly constituency in the neighboring Banda district, and nine others were later arrested by the police .

The women reportedly retaliated after the police made a lathi charge and `misbehaved' with them while they were holding a demonstration in front of the sub-divisional magistrate’s office at Mau on Monday.

The women activists alleged that the policemen ‘misbehaved’ with them and also made a lathicharge on the peaceful demonstration. “The police are harassing innocent labourers while turning a blind eye to the rich mining mafias,” they said.

According to reports, angry women protestors chased the cops and thrashed senior officials before holding them hostage for several hours. They could be rescued only after additional police force was rushed in from the neighboring district.

Sampat Pal is the chief of ‘Gulabi Gang’, an outfit that takes up women issues in the Bundelkhand area, and is also a receipient of several international awards.

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