NEW DELHI

Protest, walkout in House

BHOPAL, MARCH 3. There was much protest in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly today and the CPI (M) MLA, Ramlakhan Sharma, staged walkout over the alleged rape, loot and arson at Badhoura village falling under the Rampur Baghelan police station of Satna district.

The Badhoura incident of last December came up for discussion in the Assembly through a calling attention notice moved by Mr. Sharma and the Samajwadi Party MLA, Narayan Tripathi. They pointed out that the main accused, who figure in the police complaint, were receiving political patronage and hence had not been arrested.

During discussion on this issue, the Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, said that 24 persons had been named as accused in the incident. She said a CID probe had been ordered into the case since complaints were filed against those who were not even remotely connected with the incident. She refused to roll out the names of the accused but assured that nobody would be given political protection. She further told the House that a case under section 370 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered.

The State Ministers, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Gauri Shankar Shejwar, protested against the Leader of Opposition, Jamuna Devi, when she charged that Ms. Bharti was trying to hide the facts of the case and was protecting the accused.

At this stage, Mr. Sharma rushed to the well of the House and later staged a walkout.