Jaipur police disperse AAP workers protesting against Rajasthan government’s gag bill
The Jaipur police on Wednesday dispersed workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protesting against the controversial ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approvaljaipur Updated: Oct 25, 2017 20:00 IST
The Jaipur police on Wednesday dispersed workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protesting against the controversial ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approval.
Alka Lamba, AAP legislator from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, along with more than three dozen protesters, was taken away in a police vehicle as they tried to push the police barricades at the Civil Lines railway crossing and march towards chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s house.
Addressing the gathering at Rajmahal crossroad, Lamba said in the next 40 days, the party workers will reveal 40 cases of corruptions against public officials and servants.
Calling the bill a “black law”, she said that it has exposed the Raje government.
“The government is trying to shield corrupt officials and ministers. It will again table the bill in February,” she said.
“We’ll come out on the streets with evidence against the corrupt officials and not let the government shield them.”
Ummed Singh, a former police officier and a member of the AAP said the government was trying to superimpose legislature over the Constitution. “They are trying to disrupt the checks and balances for the legislature provided by the Constitution,” he said.
The protesters were stopped from marching to the chief minister’s house as they shoved and pushed police personnel. Police arrested a number of protesters under Section 129 of CrPC (dispersal of assemblies by use of civil force).
Yogesh Goyal, additional deputy commissioner of police, Jaipur South, said the protesters did not have permission to hold the protest at the spot. “The protest was in violation of the high court directives barring protests in urban areas on weekdays. Moreover, they pushed police personnel and tried to bring down the barricades,” he said.
Meanwhile, civil society groups also held a protest outside Vidhan Sabha against the bill.
“The bill should be withdrawn entirely. Sending it to a select committee is keeping the agenda open,” said Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.