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Gujarat Congress leaders held, MLAs create ruckus

Seven Congress leaders, including Gujarat party president Arjun Modhvadia and leader of Opposition in state assembly Shankarsinh Vaghela, were on Tuesday detained by police on their way to Nandasan village to take part in a public meeting for which permission was denied. Following the detention of their leaders, Opposition members created ruckus in the state Legislative assembly and did not allow the House to function for around 25 minutes at the start of the day’s work.
Congress leaders Modhvadia, Vaghela, VV Rabari, Jagdish Thakore and others were going to participate in the meeting organised by ‘maldhari’ (cattle owners) community at Nandasan village in Gujarat’s Mehsana district on Tuesday morning. ‘We had denied permission for the meeting. We detained seven Congress leaders outside the town and took them to Gandhinagar,’ police inspector Ashwin Patel said.

‘The Congress leaders were later released,’ Gandhinagar superintendent of police Sharad Singhal said. A truck carrying cow meat was caught near Nandasan village about a week back, after which villagers had sat on a dharna on state highway and stopped traffic. The Congress and maldhari community had organised a meeting against trafficking of cow meat, as cow slaughter is banned in Gujarat. Congress MLAs raised the issue of detention as soon as the assembly began on Tuesday and created a ruckus on the issue.
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