Several India Against Corruption (IAC) supporters were beaten up by police yesterday while they were protesting outside Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s official residence, claimed activist Arvind Kejriwal.
“Police lathi-charged IAC supporters who were holding a peaceful protest outside the Haryana chief minister’s residence. Several people suffered injuries,” Kejriwal told reporters at a press conference in Ghaziabad after the protest. “Police atrocities on peaceful protestors is condemnable,” he said.
However, high drama prevailed when former IAC members, including Annie Kohli, confronted Kejriwal at the press conference and questioned his style of functioning.
“When you ask questions from others, why can’t they question you?” Kohli asked Kejriwal. She alleged that Kejriwal has changed his agenda from his earlier protests last year, demanding a Janlokpal bill.
“Kejriwal should clear his stand whether he is a revolutionary or a politician,” Kohli said, adding that her group would protest against Kejriwal at Jantar Mantar. A surprised Kejriwal heard Kohli and walked away without replying. Later, he said: “I haven’t met Annie in the past. I think she was sent by somebody.”
Earlier, over a hundred IAC supporters gathered outside Hooda’s residence at Pandit Pant Marg in central Delhi on yesterday afternoon to protest against the Haryana government’s alleged favouring and facilitating land deals between Robert Vadra and realty major DLF.
“We wanted to meet the Haryana chief minister. We were marching on the street when police used tear gas shells, water canons and batons against us,” claimed Naveen Jaihind, IAC member from Haryana. Over 70 protestors were injured in the police cane charge, claimed Jaihind.
“No batons were used on them,” a senior police officer said. “Around six protestors suffered minor injuries. They refused to undergo a medical examination when taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Police personnel also got injured,” he said. Police detained the IAC supporters and took them to Parliament Street police station in Delhi.
Kejriwal dares PM, Sonia to debate
A day after being queried about his outfit’s funding and his government service, Kejriwal hit back, daring PM Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi to a public debate on corruption. He also asked Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, who had posed the questions, to first get his chief and the prime minister to reply to corruption charges against the UPA government.