Nearly 100 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers were detained by the police on Saturday when they were on their way to meet Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at his residence here.
The protest march led by party’s national executive member Naveen Jaihind, which was supposed to start at 1 pm from Rose Garden, nearly 2 km from the CM’s residence, was delayed by two hours as the bus and other vehicles ferrying party workers from Rohtak was stopped for nearly half-an-hour at Shahabad the Haryana Police for speeding. Party workers claimed that it was administration’s ploy to keep them away from the protest in Chandigarh. The AAP workers had started assembling at Rose Garden at around 12.30 pm but had to wait as those coming from Rohtak.
As soon as they started their march at around 3 pm towards the Haryana CM’s residence, the police put all the workers in buses and did not allow them to march towards Hooda’s residence claiming that prohibitory orders were in place on assembly of people in the area.
The police had to struggle for 15 minutes to put them into buses as protesting workers did not let the protest end smoothly. The police have not registered any case. After detention, the protesters were ferried to undisclosed locations and freed.
The police had made heavy security arrangements and put barricades on the roads leading to the Haryana CM’s residence in Sector 3 from Rose Garden.
Earlier speaking to mediapersons, Naveen Jaihind said they were in Chandigarh to ask some questions to the chief minister about the condition of farmers, poor state of hospitals, schools, law and order, land acquisition and corruption and jobs. “We tried to meet him in Rohtak also, but to no avail. We are here to meet him again. If we are not allowed to meet him, our next destination will be a protest in Delhi,” Jaihind said.
He avoided questions on differences within the Haryana AAP leadership and said they would hold a referendum before jumping into the electoral fray in the Vidhan Sabha elections in Haryana.
The AAP members also criticised the state government for politicising the SGPC issue and said the Congress government only talked about it when elections were approaching.