Scores of activists of ArvindKejriwal-led India Against Corruption (IAC) were detained on Sunday after they clashed with police while trying to barge into the Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's residence here protesting on the Robert Vadra-DLF issue.
The police used water canons and force to disperse the protesters, who breached a barricade put on the Pandit Pant Marg near the Hooda's residence, and detained them in the afternoon.
Kejriwal or any other senior leaders of the group were not present at the protest site. Protesters, most of them from Haryana wing of the IAC, claimed that over a dozen activists were injured in the police action.
The activists had assembled near Gol Dakhana and marched towards the Hooda's residence, where the police had put up barricades. The protesters breached the barricade and continued to march towards the Hooda's residence when they were stopped by the police. Activists, however, insisted on going ahead and they reached near the residence. A senior police official said they were forced to resort to use force to disperse the crowd.
Reacting to the incident, Kejriwal said people were "peacefully" protesting against Vadra and Hooda. "This is the way government is reacting to a peaceful protest, which is a constitutional right. They are brutally attacking people which is completely unacceptable in a democracy. How can a government treat its people like this?" he said.
Kejriwal had alleged a nexus among the Haryana government, DLF and Vadra over land deals.