Union Minister Sachin Pilot arrested on way to Bhatta Parsaul

Union Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology Sachin Pilot was today arrested when he was proceeding to Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida.

He was arrested on apprehension of breach of peace as he was proceeding to adjoining Guatam Buddha Nagar district along with about 300 supporters, Senior Superintedent of Police (SSP) Raghuvir Lal said.

His arrest was made on National Highway 24 near Lalkuan in Kavinagr area of Ghaziabad district.

The Union Minister, however, was released across the UP border in Delhi after about an hour but before that Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was informed of the arrest.

Earlier, Mr Pilot visited Dasna jail where he met farmers in the wake of the May 7 violence in which four people including two policemen were killed and several persons including the district magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar were injured after a clash over land acquisition.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had staged a protest in the affected village on May 11 and was subsequently arrested by Uttar Pradesh government.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and party MP Raj Babbar were also taken into custody on May 11.

Later, Mr Pilot described his arrest as "illegal", saying he had committed no crime but was still arrested by the Mayawati government. He said he was just visiting the affected families.

Demanding a judicial probe into the Bhatta Parsaul incidents, the Minister said the Congress had already launched a sustained agitation in support of the farmers.


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