Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Youth Congress workers staged a demonstration here on Monday in protest against the recent arrest of the former Deputy Chief Minister and Chamundeshwari MLA Siddaramaiah by the Mysore police.

The Youth Congress workers staged a dharna in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue near Anand Rao Circle and raised slogans against the State Government condemning the arrest.

Addressing the protesters, the former Minister H.M. Revanna said Mr. Siddaramaiah's arrest was an act of political vendetta. The coalition Government was trying to silence the Opposition parties by using coercive means, he alleged.

The police had arrested Mr. Siddaramaiah and Congress party workers at the behest of Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, he alleged and demanded action against the police officers concerned.

The former Bangalore Mayor J. Huchappa and Congress leader S.T. Somashekar were present on the occasion.

Kolar Staff Correspondent writes:

AHINDA activists staged a protest march and dharna in Kolar on Monday condemning the arrest of Mr. Siddaramaiah.

The activists, led by the zilla panchayat member Varthur Prakash, began the procession from the Inspection Bungalow and went to Mahatma Gandhi Park where they staged a dharna demanding action against the police officers responsible for the arrest.