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Delhi Police wary of Yamuna Bachao Yatra entering city

Prabhu Razdan, Hindustan Times  Faridabad, March 09, 2013
First Published: 23:54 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:00 IST(10/3/2013)

Senior Delhi Police officers have been camping in Faridabad to prevent the Yamuna Bachao Yatra from entering the national Capital. The officers have been trying to convince the processionists not to proceed with their vehicles into the national Capital.

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The yatra is expected to roll into Delhi on Sunday.

The police had been saying that the yatra will cripple traffic movement in Delhi. However, the yatra protesters remained adamant to proceed towards Jantar Mantar and gherao Parliament to highlight plight of Yamuna and government's failure to make it pollution-free.

The police officers took a group of activists to Aligaon, close to Badarpur, insisting that the yatra should camp there instead of proceeding towards Jantar Mantar and Parliament.

"Our main concern is that the yatra will throw normal traffic out of gear on Monday besides there is a threat of law and order problem," a senior police officer told HT, requesting anonymity.

"The talks are going on at the highest level, though we are yet to reach any decision," he added. Meanwhile, the activists taken to Aligaon in Badarpur area told HT that Delhi Police does not want the rally to reach Delhi.

"We will move ahead as per the plan," said one Sunil Kumar, an activist.

The traffic on Mathura Road was thrown out of gear on Saturday and Friday as the volunteers marching to save the Yamuna reached the satellite township of Faridabad on Friday.

The rally remained camped there for the whole day on Saturday and is scheduled to proceed towards Delhi on Sunday.

The yatra started on March 1, 2013 at Vrindavan in Mathura, is heading towards New Delhi where the activists are scheduled to protest against what they allege lackadaisical attitude of the Central government in making Yamuna pollution-free.


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