Allahabad, Oct 15 :  The Allahabad High Court today directed Uttar Pradesh government to file its counter affidavit on a petition alleging that recent detention here of activist Medha Patkar and her supporters on their way to a village in the district was illegal and hence FIR be lodged against officials responsible for detaining them.  A division bench, comprising Justice Dilip Gupta and Justice Mukhtar Ahmad, asked the state government to file its reply by the next date of hearing on November 2. The petition was filed by rights organization People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). (Also Read: K Chandrasekhar Rao unveils APJ Abdul Kalam’s statue at DRDO Complex) Also Read - Abnormal Goat Kid Born With Large Eye Socket on Its Forehead, People Flock to UP Village to See It

Patkar was detained along with her supporters while they were on their way to Kachri village, falling under Karchhana tehsil, about 50 kms from the city. The village had recently witnessed violent protests by farmers who clashed with police over acquisition of their land by the state government for a thermal power project. The district administration and police had defended the decision to detain Patkar and her supporters claiming that their visit to the village would have violated the model code of conduct which was in place because of panchayat elections. Also Read - Living in Uttar Pradesh? Now Obtain License to Keep Liquor at Home | Read Govt's Latest Guidelines

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