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Arvind Kejriwal calls off protest march as Delhi Police stops agitators at Parliament Street

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday carried out a protest march even as the IAS officers denied that they were on strike. The flag waving CPM cadres joined thousands of AAP supporters at the heart of Delhi to march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 18 Jun 2018, 11:12:44
AAP supporters stage a protest march to the Prime Minister's residence (Pic: ANI) AAP supporters stage a protest march to the Prime Minister's residence (Pic: ANI)

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday carried out a protest march even as the IAS officers denied that they were on strike. The flag waving CPM cadres joined thousands of AAP supporters at the heart of Delhi to march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office.

However, Kejriwal had to call off the protest march after Delhi Police stopped the agitators at Parliament Street.

The Delhi Police on Sunday claimed that AAP has not sought permission for a protest march. It also slapped prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in nearby residential areas. 

"They don't have permission (for protest march). They've been contained at Parliament street. They're being told that they can't go any further. Specially trained personnel are deployed here. We're sure they'll (AAP members & protesters) listen to us," the DCP told ANI.

"The New Delhi district has not received any permission of an AAP protest. Protest marches are banned in residential areas. Section 144 has already been imposed," said senior police officer Madhur Verma.

Earlier on Sunday, calling the claims made by the Aam Aadmi Party as "Completely false and basefless", the Delhi bureaucrats on Sunday made it clear that they were not on strike. Holding a press conference, the IAS officers on Sunday said they were being victimised.

"I would like to inform that we are not on strike. The information that IAS officers in Delhi are on strike is completely false & baseless. We are attending meetings, all depts are doing their works. We are sometimes also working on holidays," Manisha Saxena, IAS Association said.

"Let us do our work. We are feeling frightened and victimised. We are being used for completely political reasons," Varsha Joshi, IAS Association said.

"We are completely apolitical, we are neutral. We work with dedication with every government, whichever government is in power... The presser is very unusual, we never thought we have to do this. We are answerable to the law," the IAS Association said. 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his two ministers are on a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's house since last Monday against what the AAP convener calls "strike" by Delhi IAS officers.


First Published: 17 Jun 2018, 17:46:27

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