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Arvind Kejriwal held, released; says will continue protest

PTI  New Delhi, August 26, 2012
First Published: 07:30 IST(26/8/2012) | Last Updated: 11:52 IST(26/8/2012)

Arvind Kejriwal and five other IAC members were today detained but later released when they tried to stage a protest outside the residences of the prime minister and Congress president.


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All the six -- Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishas, Sanjay Singh and another person -- were later released from custody after being detained for about an hour at the Mandir Marg police station where their supporters staged a protest and prevented police from taking them to Bawana.

They will hold their protest at Jantar Mantar at 11am.

Kejriwal and Gopal were picked up from outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence while Sisodia and Vishwas were detained from outside 10 Janpath, the residence of the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Sanjay Singh and another person were detained from outside BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's residence.

The activists had announced the gherao of the residences of these three leaders alleging that Congress and BJP were hand-in-glove in corruption and involved in the allocation of coal blocks.

Delhi police had warned against staging a 'gherao' at these places citing violation of prohibitory orders.

Though the activists had announced that they will gather at Jantar Mantar and march towards the residences of the leaders, Kejriwal and his aides took others by surprise and came to the protest venues where they were detained.

"What wrong are we doing? We are just sitting quietly on the footpath. At least we should be told why we are being detained," Kejriwal said.

A spokesperson for the protesters said they did not violate prohibitory orders as only two persons had gathered at the spot.

"When Raj Thackeray takes thousands of his supporters without permission for a protest, police provide protection. What kind of politics is this?" he said.

Kejriwal said, "we will gherao again. We want to give message to Congress and BJP".

The RTI activist said the protesters will again gherao the Prime Minister's residence after 1200 hrs.

Meanwhile, six metro stations in central Delhi, which were earlier announced to be closed due to security concerns over the protest, will now remain open throughout the day.

A DMRC spokesman said the stations will remain open throughout the day after Delhi police revised their advisory.

Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market stations falling near and around the residences of Singh and Gadkari were to remain closed from 8am to 6pm on Sunday

Delhi Metro had taken the decision to close down the stations, five of which fall on the Gurgaon Line, after instructions from Delhi Police.


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