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Cowhead clash arrests

Jabalpur, Jan. 19 (PTI): Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh today said several people associated with the VHP and the Bajrang Dal have been picked up by police in connection with the recent violence in Ganjbasoda town and booked under the National Security Act.

A mob went on rampage in the town in Vidisha district on Tuesday after the severed head of a cow was recovered from the house of a person belonging to a minority community.

The protesters set fire to several shops and some vehicles, prompting authorities to clamp a curfew. The curfew was lifted last night.

Singh, who is enroute to public meetings in vindhya region, told reporters here that the situation could have worsened had the government not controlled it.

Countering union coal minister uma bharti's charge that he had engineered the riots, singh asked +mein apne pair pe kulhadi kyon marunga+ (why would i hit an axe on my legs').

Asked about vhp leader praveen togadia's remark that vhp would go on reducing the size of +trishul+ as per law, singh said in a lighter vein +we shall also go on issuing notification accordingly+.

On togadia's reported threat that madhya pradesh would also go the gujarat way if godhra-like incident takes place here, singh asked +is togadiya waiting for such an incident to happen'+

singh dismissed reports of likely change in the state party organisation, saying +aicc general secretary ambika soni had already clarified the matter+. Pti bp nr asm va skt 01191842 d

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