Lucknow: A 97-year-old activist and freedom fighter was detained by the police in Agra when he tried to torch a liquor shop on Saturday.
The veteran activist Chimman Lal Jain was detained in his own house. Mr Jain has been seeking a ban on liquor and announced that he would set liquor shops on fire on the death anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi. As soon as he started marching towards a liquor shop with his supporters, he was detained by the cops.
Last year, on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, he had announced that he would jump into the Yamuna River to protest against liquor sale but his move was foiled by the cops. Mr Jain told media on Sunday that he would continue his campaign and also ensure that the matter is raised in the UP Assembly.
Mr Jain and his supporters visit houses of Dalits every day to convince them to stop liquor consumption by explaining its side-effects....