Delhi police have registered two initial reports in connection with protests organized by the Congress party, officials said on Saturday, a day after nearly 400 party members and MPs, including Rahul leaders, were arrested. Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Mallikarjun Kharge and P Chidambaram. , for about seven hours.
On Friday, Congress staged nationwide protests – which it said focused directly on inflation and GST levies on items such as packaged food, sparking a political war of words with the Bharatiya Janata Party. (BJP). The police in the capital had refused permission to demonstrate.
While one FIR was filed at Parliament Street Police Station under Section 188 (disobeying an order duly issued by an official) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the other was filed at Tughlak Road Police under Sections 186 (obstruction of an official in the performance of public duties), 188, 332 (willfully causing injury to deter an official from his duty) and 34 (common intent) of the IPC, Deputy Police Commissioner (New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth said.
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A senior police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said while party workers were named in the FIR, former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi or any other party MPs were not not named.
Reacting after the police action, Wayanad Party MP Rahul Gandhi denounced the BJP. “In our country, protesting is illegal, expressing our opinions is illegal. They (the BJP government) can do whatever they want,” he said.
Even though police refused permission to demonstrate, Friday’s demonstration began in the Parliament complex where MPs gathered in black clothes in protest.
The members attempted to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s residence, when they were arrested and detained.
Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi were among the detained Congress leaders who were expelled from outside parliament and party headquarters and held at Kingsway Camp police station for nearly five hours.
In videos and photos shared on social media following the protests, senior leaders and party members were seen scaling police barricades and clashing with police personnel, even as police imposed restraining orders. prohibition under section 144 of the CrPC in the district of New Delhi.
On Friday, Special Commissioner Sagar Preet Hooda said protests had taken place at various sites in New Delhi, including Akbar Road, Vijay Chowk and Jantar Mantar.
“Protesters were duly warned of the restraining orders in place in the area and repeatedly asked to disperse. However, they went ahead with the protest, thereby violating the restraining orders under Section 144 CrPC. When police personnel intervened to contain the situation, the demonstrators tried to prevent the police officers from carrying out their duties, manhandled them and injured them,” he said.
A total of 335 people, including 65 MPs, were detained under Delhi Police Act 65 at Kingsway camp police lines and later released.
Also among the detainees were KC Venugopal, Shashi Tharoor, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor.
Police have impeded party efforts to stage marches in Mumbai, Guwahati and some other towns, arresting members and taking them away in buses and other vehicles.
Several BJP leaders have called the protests an attempt to save the Gandhi family, referring to the National Herald publisher’s investigation in which Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were questioned by the Enforcement Branch. over the past two months, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah linked the black outfit Congress workers wore in protest to what he called the party’s opposition to the temple of Ram.
Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has alleged the black-clothed protest was part of Congress’ ‘appeasement’ policy to voice opposition to Modi’s foundation of Ram Temple on August 5, 2020. Shah said Congress is using the issues. as the ED action and price hike only as excuses – a position rejected by Congress leaders, who said it was the BJP’s “desperate attempt to hijack, distract, polarize” the demonstrations.
“Why did they wear black specifically on 5? Their motive was to appease the vote-banks. They are looking for a way to escape emergencies. cops, action will follow,” BJP national spokesman RP Singh said on Saturday, hailing the police action.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed his displeasure with members of Congress dressed in black on August 5. “It was inappropriate for members of the Congress party to wear this outfit on the very day the foundation stone of the Ram Mandir was laid. This is the reason why the Congress party disappeared from the country,” Thakur said.
Congressional leaders have denied the allegations.
Congressman Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the BJP worships ‘Raavan’ in the name of ‘Ram’. “In the name of ‘Ram’, this government worships ‘Raavan’. People are afflicted under their rule. Congress has denounced this government as anti-people and pro-business,” he said.
“This is the worst form of vendetta politics. We will not submit! We will not be silent! We will continue to raise our voices against the injustices and failures of the Modi government,” the party said in a tweet on Friday.
The issue of rising prices rocked Parliament for most of the previous week, prompting the government to agree to a debate in the House earlier this week. Opposition members accused the government of not doing enough, especially for the poor who they said were disproportionately affected by inflation, which remained at or around 7%.