A strong group of local BJP workers, including women volunteers, organised a gherao of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's office in Lucknow on Monday and stormed the premises, shouting slogans against him over the recent gang-rape and murder of two minor girls in a village in Badaun.
BJP workers assembled in numbers outside Yadav's office, shouting slogans against the alleged inaction of the CM in the case, while a few women were also seen showing chudia (bangles) towards the news channels' cameras - in a gibe directed towards Yadav - a cliched expression in India to state that one is not a "man".
Police were seen trying to disperse the massive crowd using water cannon, while the group forced themselves towards the CM's office.
The chaos comes after BJP's state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai had said that the local workers would organise a protest near Yadav's office.
The group demanded that FIRs should be lodged against police officers, from IG to outpost in-charge, in connection with the horrific gang-rape and murder of the two cousin sisters, who were both hanged from a mango tree following the assault, in Katra village in Badaun.
People across the region, as well the nation, are angry over the horrific incident, which made headlines internationally. Chief Minister Yadav - despite the intensity and seriousness of the issue - has not had the time to visit Baduan, much to the dismay of the people.
The protest in the capital Lucknow comes after Consumer Affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan visited Badaun earlier in the day, to meet the family members of the girls. The Union minister is the latest among the political heavyweights who have visited the village.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati visited the family members of the victims on Sunday and attacked the Samajwadi Party government and CM Yadav, alleging that they were perpetrating "jungle raj" in the area.
Local Samajwadi Party MP Dhamendra Yadav also reached the village on the same day.
Pressing for a CBI probe into the incident, the family of the victims stated on Saturday that the assault was more gruesome than the Delhi gang-rape case, and demanded the culprits to be hanged publicly.
"We want justice and not compensation. The manner in which the entire world saw our innocent girls hanging, we want that in the same manner it should watch the culprits being hanged. They should be hanged publicly," the father of one of the girls said.
CM Yadav on Saturday said that his government was ready for a CBI probe into the gang-rape and murder of the two girls, according to reports.