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Shinde seeks report on protests at Vijay Chowk

PTI  New Delhi, May 06, 2013
First Published: 20:29 IST(6/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:03 IST(6/5/2013)

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday expressed strong displeasure over the Delhi Police's "failure" to prevent '84 riots protesters reaching high- security Vijay Chowk and sought a report on the incident.

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Shinde asked Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna to find out how a sizable number of people, who were protesting against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, could reach near Raisina Hill, which houses North and South Block and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The home minister was particularly upset over the fact that despite Section 144 being in force, the protesters could reach Vijay Chowk, a stone's throw away from Parliament which is in session.

"I have told the LG to seek a report from the Delhi Police. We want to know why did police fail to stop the protesters. It is a serious matter," Shinde told reporters.

Monday's incident came in the wake of a series of events, including the rape of a five year-old girl in east Delhi, alleged manhandling of West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra and protesters storming Shinde's residence, that led to the Delhi Police drawing flak.


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