BJP youth wing activists on Sunday clashed with police when they were stopped from marching towards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence to demand his resignation and a proper probe into recent scams.
“Two hundred protesters were detained, including BJYM chief Anurag Thakur and the BJP’s Delhi unit chief, Vijay Goel. They were taken in three buses to Tughlakabad police station and later let off, around 2pm,” a senior police official said, adding more than 300 police personnel were deployed outside the prime minster’s residence to control the protesters and maintain law and order.
Police used teargas shells and water cannons to beat them back. Several roads leading to 7 Race Course Road such as Akbar Road and Ashoka Road were closed for the general public and traffic was diverted. The Race Course Road Metro station, which was closed since 11 am for the public, was reopened around 1.50pm, officials of Delhi Metro said.
Led by their leader Anurag Thakur, the Yuva Morcha activists, holding placards and shouting slogans, started their march from Aurangzeb Road. Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel also joined the protest along with his supporters. They were, however, prevented from moving further near the Tughlaq Road police station.
Prior to this, the BJP youth activists burnt an effigy of the prime minister before trying to move towards Race Course Road, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were invoked.
When confronted by police, they clashed with cops and broke one barricade to march ahead but were stopped as police used water canons against them.