Former cabinet minister and senior leader of Congress party Tilak Raj Behad was detained by police when a sat on a Dharna at state secretariat on Tuesday. He was taken to the police lines where he was later released on personal bond. Behad created high drama on the day when in protest against municipal commissioner of Rudrapur he sat on Dharna on the first floor of main building of state secretariat. The building houses the office of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. Talking to the media persons, Behad said that the municipal commissioner Jai Bharat Singh is forcing his subordinates to lodge fabricated cases against general public. Carrying a poster in which the details of these cases allegedly filed on the insistence of the municipal commissioner, the Congress leader said that people of Rudrapur are facing problems due to dictatorial attitude of the said official. He alleged that whenever someone raises his voice against the municipal corporation, cases are slapped on them. Behad said that he had publically announced that to draw the attention of people towards prevailing anarchy in municipal corporation.
The Dharna of Behad threw the officials of the secretariat and security personnel in a quandary. Senior police and administration officers tried to persuade Behad to end his Dharna. They assured the Congress leader that they would arrange his meeting with CM who at that time was in Uttarkashi. Behad however refused to relent and continued his Dharna. At this point the police took Behad in custody and took him to the police lines. Here former Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Kishore Upadhyaya, vice president Surya Kant Dhasmana and other leaders also arrived to express their support for Behad. The Congress leader was later released on a personal bond.