he Gamdevi police arrested 195 people from Aurangabad for protesting in front of state Home Minister R.R. Patil's house on Thursday.
Sixty-five men and 130 women were arrested for disobeying the law under the Bombay Police Act and had to spend the entire day in a police lockup until they were released on bond in the evening.
Sanjay Mohite, deputy commissioner of police zone II, said that at 8 am the protestors were standing peacefully outside Patil's house.
“They were demanding that R.R. Patil stop illicit liquor and other illegal activities in Kanad located under the Aurangabad district. Patil called a delegation inside his house but they all wanted to go in so all of them were checked and allowed to enter," said Mohite.
"After they exited the premises we arrested them as they had violated the law. The arrested were then let out on bail in the evening," added Mohite.
MLA Harshvardhan Jadhav, from the area, said they did not do anything to violate the law.
“We were standing outside the house peacefully and when we were called inside, only then we entered the premises but as soon as we came out, the police told us that we are under arrest,” said Jadhav.
“I do not even know on what charges. We had to spend the entire day in a lockup.”
Jadhav added that they had written to Patil and also met him to tell him about the problems of illegal businesses going on in the area.
On Thursday the women, who were the worst affected, came to see Patil themselves.
"Husbands of these women consume the liquor and beat them. The police stop the illegal businesses for a few days and start them again," added Jadhav.