Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his Cabinet ministers and supporters on Monday sat on a protest in the national capital against alleged high-handedness of Delhi Police resulting in a face-off with security personnel and leading to chaos in the heart of the city.
Team Kejriwal was stopped at Rail Bhavan, a few metres from Parliament House, while they were trying to march towards the Home Ministry housed in the North Block. They were asked to shift to Jantar Mantar as prohibitory orders were in place in the high security zone, but Kejriwal rejected it.
The Chief Minister sat in a small park near the Rail Bhavan and many Aam Aadmi Party supporters joined him as the day progressed.
All roads leading to the Rail Bhavan and other Central government offices in nearby buildings were closed for traffic and around 4,000 security personnel, including Rapid Action Force, were deployed.
Calling himself an “anarchist”, Kejriwal said he has come prepared to hold protest for the next 10 days and can go on even longer if needed. “Some say I am an anarchist, that I am spreading anarchy. I am willing to agree to that. So, today I want to spread that anarchy to Shinde’s home too. I have come to spread anarchy in the police commissioner’s house too,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal had on Friday met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde seeking suspension of three SHOs in the cases of a Danish woman’s gang-rape, police denial to raid an alleged drug-cum-prostitution racket involving Ugandan nationals and a tiff with State Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla in the burning of a woman.
The Chief Minister later took to Twitter asking why MLA Akhilesh Tripathi was manhandled by police.
Akhilesh tripathi, an MLA, brutally beaten by police. Why?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 20, 2014
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