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Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad detained in Delhi for temple protest

While the protesters pelted stones and vandalised vehicles, the police responded by firing tear gas shells and lathi charging them.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2019 08:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, founder of Bhim Army, along with his supporters lead a march towards Ramlila Maidan in protest for the demolition of Guru Ravidas Temple in Tughlakabad few days back, at Panchkuian Marg, in New Delhi.
Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, founder of Bhim Army, along with his supporters lead a march towards Ramlila Maidan in protest for the demolition of Guru Ravidas Temple in Tughlakabad few days back, at Panchkuian Marg, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
         

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was among over 50 persons detained after clashes broke out between the police and hundreds of protesters in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad on Wednesday evening where people were protesting the demolition of a temple, police said.

Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east), said that Azad would be questioned in the night about the clashes that left many among the police and the protesters injured.

While the protesters pelted stones and vandalised vehicles, the police responded by firing tear gas shells and lathi charging them.

Biswal said that a case of rioting and damaging public property was being registered against the people involved in the violence.

The officer said that the detained people included a man who was found carrying a pistol. “It seems to be a licensed weapon, but we are still probing it and checking if it was violating any licensing rules,” said Biswal.

First Published: Aug 21, 2019 23:38 IST