Protesting BJP workers taken into custody

August 11th, 2011 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) Nearly a thousand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, including several leaders, were Thursday taken into custody during a protest march here to condemn the baton charge by police during their agitation two days ago.

“We reached Jantar Mantar at around 11.30 a.m. and raised slogans to protest the lathicharge on Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists by police Tuesday,” BJP leader Vijay Jolly told IANS.

“As we were nearing Parliament Street from Jantar Mantar, about 1,000 protesters were taken into custody,” he added.

Apart from condemning Tuesday’s incident, the protesters demanded Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s resignation after a Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report blamed her government in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam.

Jolly, along with other BJP leaders like Delhi party president Vijender Gupta, were taken into custody near Parliament Street.

Raising slogans against the government and the Delhi Police, carrying party flags and holding placards, the workers marched towards Parliament Street.

BJP’s youth wing BJYM’s activists Tuesday staged protests to demand that Dikshit resign after the CAG report blamed her. Police lobbed teargas shells, used water cannons and resorted to baton charge to disperse the demonstrators.

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