A group of 300 protesters breached through the security cordon at the union home minister’s heavily guarded enclave on Wednesday, leaving top Delhi Police officials running for cover.
Nearly 300 Jats had been protesting at Jantar Mantar for the past several days in support of their demand for reservation to the community. On Wednesday, packed inside three buses, they reached Shinde’s 2, Krishna Menon Marg residence to meet him and hand over a memorandum of their demands. But they were told by the guards that Shinde was in Russia on a three-day visit.
Gathered under the umbrella of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS), they got out of the buses and started shouting slogans against the Central government.
“Despite being told that the home minister has left on a trip to Russia today, some of the agitators forcibly opened the main gate of the bungalow and entered the premises. They created a ruckus and damaged the doors before being evicted by security personnel from the other gate,” said a senior police officer. Reinforcements was called in and the agitators were taken into custody.
Over 20 security personnel from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces were deployed at home minister’s residence.
As soon as the news of the breach reached the top echelons, several senior Delhi Police officers, including Special Commissioner (Law & Order) Deepak Mishra reached Shinde’s residence.
As many as 13 Delhi Police personnel, who were deployed on security duty, were immediately placed under suspension and an inquiry was ordered into the incident. Security at Shinde’s residence was beefed up and barricades were erected outside his house.
A case of house trespass, damaging public property and rioting was registered at the Tughlaq Road police station. A total of 172 Jat agitators, including ABJASS national president Yashpal Malik, were arrested late in the evening. The buses were also seized. Malik told HT: “It was not a forced entry. The gate was open and we entered the premises casually,” Malik said.