Scores of protesters shouting slogans outside Rahul Gandhi’s official residence at Tughlaq Lane were detained by Delhi Police on Friday evening.
But in a rare gesture, Gandhi’s office sent the protesters samosas and cold drinks—which they accepted—before being bundled into police buses.
Around 250 Anna supporters thronged Gandhi’s official residence and started shouting slogans in favour of an effective Jan Lokpal Bill. The protest came after Congress general secretary disapproved Hazare’s hunger strike in his speech in Lok Sabha.
The demonstration lasted for about 30 minutes before police cleared the protesters from outside Gandhi’s 12-Tuglaq Lane residence around 4:30pm. “Gandhi said only Lokpal bill cannot eradicate corruption. But he didn’t give a solution. He is not concerned about Hazare’s health,” said a protester, who doesn’t wish to be named.
“Around 250 protesters have been detained and the security has been beefed up in the area,” said a senior police officer.
Some of the protestors were deported to Ramlila Maidan, while some were taken to the Parliament street police station.
Meanwhile in another incident, an Anna supporter sent security personnel in a tizzy when he managed to enter Parliament.
Wearing an I am Anna T-shirt and cap, Manjit Singh, a resident of Rohtak entered the parliament house at around 3pm and began shouting slogans. He was immediately detained.
“Singh entered from gate number 1 by taking a visitor’s pass. After entering, he tore his shirt, inside which he was wearing an Anna Hazare t-shirt,” said a senior police officer.