LUCKNOW: A piquant situation prevailed on Sunday morning when Samajwadi Party chief and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav reached the state police headquarters unannounced to protest against the arrest of a party worker and refused to have tea that the police officers offered as courtesy, saying, “What if the tea was laced with poison”.
According to the police, when the officers later informed the former CM about the FIR in which the party worker, Manish Jagan Agarwal, was arrested, Akhilesh calmed down and also had tea with the cops before he left.
Around 11 am, the SP chief along with MLAs, MLCs and party workers reached the police headquarters to question the police on the arrest of Manish Jagan Agarwal, a member of the SP’s IT cell. Akhilesh along with some MLAs and MLCs was allowed inside while the party workers – who had gathered in large numbers and were raising slogans against the alleged police excesses – waited outside.
Once inside the police headquarters building, senior officials of Lucknow police who had reached the venue by then offered tea to the former UP CM, to which Akhilesh Yadav said: Yahan ki chai nahi piyenge … bahar ki piyenge … ya hum apni layenge … cup apka le lenge … hum nahi pi sakte … zeher de doge tab … humein bharosa nahi hai … sach mein bharosa nahi hai humein … aap apni pijiye … hum apni piyenge (I will not have tea served here … We will get our own tea from outside … we can use your cups … what if you poison me … I don’t trust … I really don’t trust …).”
Additional director general of police (ADG), law and order, Prashant Kumar later told reporters that once the SP chief was apprised of the circumstances under which Manish Jagan Agarwal was arrested, provided with the details of the FIRs lodged and evidence on record along with electronic footprints obtained by the investigating officers, he left. Asked about him refusing tea offered by the police, the ADG said the SP chief had tea with the police officers present and left after his queries were addressed.
According to the ADG, the SP chief along with leaders and party workers reached the police headquarters unannounced and without any prior information. It was a Sunday morning, officers who were required to be present were available and were later joined by senior officials from the Lucknow police who addressed all the queries of the SP national president.
Asked about the protest by SP workers at the gates of the police headquarters, Prashant Kumar said the SP national chief, who is a sitting MLA, was allowed in with other legislators accompanying him while the crowd behind them were stopped. Later in the evening, on the complaint by SHO Golf City, Shailendra Giri an FIR was lodged against unidentified SP workers at Golf City police station.

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