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Ravidas Temple protest turns violent, Dalit leader Chandra Shekhar Azad, 100 others arrested

Reportedly, the violent crowd started vandalising vehicles parked on the road in Tughlakabad area. Glasses of more than 100 vehicles were broken.

 

New Delhi| Protesting against the demolition of the Ravidas temple, hundreds of Dalits who gathered at the Ramlila ground reached Tughlakabad on Wednesday evening. The protestors tried to march towards the demolished temple. When the police tried to stop, the protestors started throwing stones. Finally, the police resorted to use of force to stop the raging crowd.

The Police also Laticharge the crowd after which there was a massive clash between the police and the mob. Reportedly, the violent crowd started vandalising vehicles parked on the road in Tughlakabad area. Glasses of more than 100 vehicles were broken.

Police also fired tear gas shells to disperse the violent mob. Apart from many policemen, dozens of people in the crowd were injured during the ruckus. Police also arrested hundreds of people, including Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, late in the evening.

On Wednesday the entire Tughlakabad area seemed converted into a cantonment. Apart from the local police, several companies of additional security forces were deployed at the spot. There were heavy jams in various areas of Delhi throughout the day due to the protestors.

According to the information, a crowd of eight to ten thousand people from Ramlila Maidan reached Ashram Chowk at around 5 pm. From there, they reached the Tughlakabad Extension T-Point via Mathura Road via Kalkaji Mandir, Govindpuri Metro Station. The police urged the crowd not to proceed, but some mischievous elements started throwing stones.

Initially, the police tried to repel the mob by using mild force. This made the crowd more violent. In addition to attacking the police with sticks, they started throwing stones. Angry mobs broke the glasses of more than 100 vehicles parked on the street in and around Tara apartment and set fire to some bikes. As the situation started worsening, the police had to use tear gas shells apart from air firing.

 

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