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PIX: BJP men protesting against govt lathicharged

Last updated on: August 9, 2011 20:02 IST

BJP men lathicharged near Jantar Mantar

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At least 61 people were injured as the anti-government protest by the Bharatiya Janata Party youth wing activists turned violent in New Delhi on Tuesday with the protesters hurling stones at the police and trying to march towards Parliament, prompting them to lob teargas shells and use force before detaining Yuva Morcha chief Anurag Thakur and some workers.

The clash erupted between thousands of protesters and police after the Yuva Morcha's march from Ramlila Maidan reached Jantar Mantar on Tuesday evening leaving at least 61 people injured, including 23 policemen, a press photographer and two women journalists.

Earlier in the day, some BJP activists had dodged the elaborate security apparatus and reached the outer gate of Parliament complex meant for VIPs, raising slogans against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Protests are not allowed at this site.

The violence at Jantar Mantar started while Thakur was addressing the gathering. A group of protesters tried to jump the barricades and ran towards Parliament House but were prevented by the police.

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Image: Police spray demonstrators from the India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party with water canons as they try to remove barricades during the anti-government march
Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters
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However, some of them managed to break the cordon and soon after, the protesters started hurling stones and throwing bottle and sticks at police. Police retaliated by using water canon and lobbing tear gas shells.

Police brought the situation under control in 30 minutes and later, Thakur and over 20 activists were detained but released after two hours.

"We were holding a peaceful protest. For no reasons police suddenly started using batons at us. Around twenty of our activists were injured," Thakur told reporters after he was released from detention.

However, police refuted his allegations saying the Yuva Morcha activists turned violent despite giving an undertaking in writing that they would maintain peace.

"Despite the written undertaking and assurances given by leaders during the meetings held with police, the activists became violent on reaching Parliament Street, damaged the stage erected for speeches, climbed on to the police barricades and indulged in heavy stone pelting," Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner (Law and Order), said.


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At least 23 police personnel were injured out of which the condition of three are "grievous", he said claiming that police exercised maximum restraint and tried to persuade them to disperse for about 45 minutes.

However, he said, when heavy stone pelting started, initially water cannons were used and later 15 tear gas shells were fired to disperse the crowd. "No lathi-charge was ordered," Kumar said.

"Around 38 activists of Yuva Morcha have reported at RML Hospital for minor injuries received during the melee at the time of dispersal. Those activists who indulged in violence and stone pelting are being identified from video recordings for subsequent legal action," Kumar said.

A case of rioting and damage to public property has been registered.

Kumar said the activists of Yuva Morcha had sought permission to hold a rally at Ramlila Maidan and thereafter hold a protest march to Parliament Street in the afternoon.

"Permission was granted to them on their written undertaking that they would abide by Supreme Court's and Delhi High Court's directions to maintain peace and obey lawful directions of police," Kumar said.

At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where the injured protesters were admitted, there was a steady stream of BJP workers visiting them.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, senior party leader Anant Kumar, Shahnawaz Hussain, Venkaiah Naidu, and Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta visited the injured.


Image: An activist wears a mask depicting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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