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AAP workers marching towards BJP HQ detained, Sec 144 imposed

Last updated on: May 19, 2024 14:03 IST

Amid the mega political showdown over the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former aide in connection with the alleged assault on Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, the Delhi police on Sunday detained several workers of the ruling party as they marched towards the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in the national capital as part of a planned 'Jail Bharo' protest.

IMAGE: Police personnel being deployed outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi, May 19, 2024. Photograph: ANI Photo

Decrying the arrest of his former aide in the assault case, Kejriwal, on Saturday, accused the BJP at the Centre of resorting to a jail ka khel (game of putting leaders in jail) against his party, adding that he would lead a 'Jail Bharo' march to the BJP headquarters on Sunday along with his top party leaders as well as workers.


Speaking to ANI on Sunday, deputy commissioner of police, Delhi Central, Harsha Vardhan Mandava said, "Based on the information we received through social media and other channels, we have made preventive arrangements on DDU Marg to ensure that the law and order are maintained at all costs. We are focused and committed to making adequate security deployments and have barricades in place to ward off any attempt to disrupt law and order."

"Section 144 has been imposed on DDU Marg and there is no permission for any kind of protest here," he informed.

Earlier in the day, elaborate security arrangements were made outside the BJP headquarters ahead of the AAP's 'Jail Bharo' march.

Delhi traffic police issued an advisory ahead of the AAP protest, warning of possible snarls at DDU Marg, IP Marg, Minto Road and Vikas Marg. It added that DDU Marg may remain closed to traffic between 11 am to 2 pm, urging commuters to avoid stretches that are likely to experience logjams.

Earlier, on Saturday, Kejriwal's former PA was arrested in connection with the alleged assault on Maliwal. He was produced before the Tis Hazari Court, which remanded him in police custody for five days.

Earlier, the AAP chief released a personalised video after Bibhav's arrest, saying, "You can see how they (BJP) are after the AAP. One after another, they are putting our leaders behind bars. They put me, Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, and Sanjay Singh behind bars. Today, they put my (former) PA in jail. Now they are saying they will put Raghav Chadha, Atishi, and Saurabh Bharadwaj in jail. Perhaps it was our fault that we built schools and mohalla clinics, while also providing electricity for free, which they failed to accomplish. I would like to tell the Prime Minister: you are playing a 'jail ka khel' with us. Tomorrow, I will lead a march to the BJP headquarters along with all my top leaders, MLAs, and MPs at noon. You can put whoever you want in jail," Kejriwal said.

Significantly, the Vigilance Department, last month, terminated Bibhav's service as the CM's personal assistant over a pending criminal case.

Source: ANI