Tension prevailed in the hometown of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday after police baton charged workers of All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) and other social organizations during a peaceful march against the state government and district administration's alleged failure in the shelter home abuse case near the CM residence on National Highway 10.
A woman activist Ram Kali sustained injuries and several men and women were allegedly dragged and beaten up during police baton charge on the agitators, who were on way to submit a memorandum at the CM residence. Police had stopped them about 50 metres from the CM residence and used force.
Earlier, the protesters were stopped by police at Ashoka Chowk in the town but they moved ahead by ignoring police barricade. A posse of police was then stationed outside the CM residence, who later resorted to baton charge.
CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Brinda Karat reached the spot and condemned the police action against peaceful protesters of AIDWA, CITU and Kisan Sabha.
She demanded a public apology from Rohtak SP (officiating) Vikas Dhankhar and demanded suspension of a police constable who injured a communist party woman worker. SP Dhankhar later apologised and assured of action against the erring police constables in front of the agitating workers near the chief minister's residence.
Already faced criticism from National Commission for Children Protection Rights, the district administration again seemed helpless in confronting the protest marchers and Brinda Karat.
Workers of All India Democratic Women Association and other social organizations are protesting for the last one week in front of the district administrative complex against the Haryana government and district administration for its failure in the shelter home abuse case.
They are demanding state awards given to main accused Jaswanti be taken back as well as her suspension from district juvenile boards and child welfare committee and a CBI enquiry into the case.
The protest ended after a written assurance given by additional deputy commissioner RC Bidhan to Karat that the administration would recommend withdrawal of awards given to Jaswanti and her removal from government panels as demanded by the protestors.