Police today baton-charged and detained several Congress leaders and workers, including UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, during a State wide protest against the arrest of Rahul Gandhi.

“Several party leaders and workers were injured in the lathi charge on peaceful protesters and UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi was manhandled by police,” party spokesman Subodh Srivastava said here.

The Congress has announced a State-wide chakka jam today to protest Mr. Gandhi’s arrest in Bhatta Parsaul last night and in support of farmers’ demands in Greater Noida. The Congress General Secretary was later released.

In Lucknow, the Congress workers led by state president Joshi staged a demonstration at Bapu Bhawan crossing near Vidhan Bhawan and blocked roads.

In a bid to disperse the agitating party workers, police resorted to lathi charge in which several party workers were injured.

Police later detained several party workers, including Ms. Joshi, and they were taken to the police line.

In Rae Bareli, two MLAs and MLCs along with other party workers were detained and later released after they blocked the national highway this morning.

Similar protests were held in other parts of the State including Jhansi, Meerut, Allahabad and Sitapur districts.