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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

BJP chief detained at protest outside CM house

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 28, 2013
First Published: 22:50 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:58 IST(29/7/2013)
The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday launched an agitation by protesting outside the Delhi chief minister's residence against the recent power tariff hike.

During the protest Vijay Goel, the state unit president of the party, and other activists were detained by the Delhi Police and taken to Tughlaq Road police station.

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According to Goel, despite holding a peaceful candle march, the activists were lathi-charged and water cannons were used against them by the police personnel.

"We had organised a peaceful candle march to register our protest against the hike in power tariff, but the police used water cannons on us, caned the workers and even detained us," said a BJP worker.

The Delhi BJP has announced a massive rally on the issue at Ramlila Ground on August 11.

The police, however, denied the use of force and said they used mild water cannons to disperse the crowd. "The protesters pelted stones on police and tried to jump the barricades. A constable was injured and some protesters have been booked for rioting," said a senior police officer.

Meanwhile, Dikshit during the inauguration of kanwar camps at Seelampur, claimed power rates in Delhi were the cheapest in comparison to NCR towns and other metro cities and states being ruled by other parties.

"Our government has always been sensitive to the issues related to the poor and middle class families. We have decided to grant adequate subsidy in electricity after the new hiked rates announced by the power regulator, which has the sole authority to determine the rates," she added.

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