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Kejriwal's dharna: Events through the day

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Jan 22, 2014 at 08:42am IST

New Delhi: 10:30 pm: "We do not want to disrupt the Republic Day parade. Police has put in this spot," said Yogendra Yadav.

10:15 pm:Reacting to AAP's dharna against Delhi Police, party leader Yogendra Yadav asked, "the substantive question involved here is that whom is the Delhi Police responsible to?"

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9:19 pm: With Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refusing to budge, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday evening, according to PTI.

9:12 pm: Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has offered support to Arvind Kejriwal's agitation to press for suspension of some Delhi police officials, according to PTI.

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8:30 pm: Yogendra Yadav said that he was not defending his party collegue in the incident. "Am not defending any procedural lapses. Why do people have to approach a minister - shouldn't the police act," he asked.

7.37 pm: BJP leader Arun Jaitley tweets, "Delhi paying price for misjudgement of Congress."

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7.30 pm: Delhi Police says, "We will take all steps to maintain law and order."

7.20 pm: MoS for Home RPN Singh clarifies that the leaves of Delhi Police personnel have been cancelled due to Republic Day alert and not due to the AAP protest.

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7:07 pm: MoS for Home RPN Singh cancels leaves for all Delhi Police personnel as AAP stays determined to intensify its protests. Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP will hold a protest on Tuesday demanding resignation of AAP leaders Somnath Bharti and Saurabh Bhardwaj.

6.50 pm Arvind Kejriwal to spend the night at the AAP protest site outside Rail Bhavan.

6:35 pm: AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj has been released by the Delhi Police.

6.30 pm: Kiran Bedi to CNN-IBN: "The Chief Minister is clearly violating the law. A case is made out against Arvind Kejriwal."

6.29 pm: Transport Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj released by Delhi Police.

6.20 pm: A picture of total chaos in central Delhi. AAP leader Somnath Bharti gets into a verbal spat with rebel member Tina Sharma. He denies conducting any raid. He tells CNN-IBN, "The most important thing is to stop trafficking of women." Police also get into an altercation with AAP members Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh.

6.15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal addresses media, says, "We are protesting for the security of women. We will teach a solid lesson to Congress in Lok Sabha elections."

6.05 pm: All entry points to Rail Bhavan barricaded by Delhi Police, say sources.

6.00 pm: Delhi's Transport Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj taken into preventive custody by Delhi Police.

5.50 pm: AAP MLA from Model Town area Akhilesh Mani Tripathy reportedly beaten up by police, being shifted to RML hospital.

5.40 pm: Delhi Police detain AAP protesters, remove them from outside Rail Bhavan and take them off in DTC buses.

5.18 pm: AAP leader Manish Sisodia to CNN-IBN, "What are we demanding? We are seeking a fair trial. We demand that the SHO be suspended while the inquiry is on. It is for Mr Shinde to decide what is to be done. If the police is roaming around paying ministers for his transfer postings, then what do we expect from them?"

5.00 pm: "Won't move protest to Jantar Mantar," says AAP's Somnath Bharti. Delhi Police had asked the protesting AAP leaders to move their dharna to Jantar Mantar.

4:50 pm: Kiran Bedi questioned Somnath Bharti's intent in raiding Ugandan women in the presence of media. She added that Monday's dharna showed that the AAP government was impatient.

4:46 pm: AAP is inexperienced, says Kiran Bedi. According to Bedi, the problem with AAP is that it does not have any experience on governance. "You cannot get people suspended at the drop of a hat," she said.

4:45 pm: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi takes a dig at Kejriwal's protest saying, "People elected the AAP to govern and not to break laws, not for chaos but for order. Now people will have doubts whether they gave vote for protest or for government."

4:17 pm: Lovely takes a jibe at Arvind Kejriwal on his changed stand on the decision to fight Lok Sabha elections. "He says no MLA will fight Lok Sabha election but in interview he admits he is ready to fight election if party decides," said the DPCC chief.

4:16 pm: The Delhi Congress chief has threatened to start agitation if action is not taken against the Law Minister.

4:15 pm:"Those who should be respecting and protecting Constitution are violating the Constitutional norms.You should run govt within the constitutional norms," said Lovely.

4:14 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is using his authority to protect a minister who takes law into his hand, says Congress MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely.

4:08 pm: There were clashes between AAP volunteers and the Delhi Police after more people came to join Kejriwal's dharna even as Section 144 is in place in the area.

3:50 pm: Arvind Kejriwal has brought his files to the dharna site and is continuing to work from there.

3:43 pm: Minister of State for I&B Manish Tewari had to walk to office due to Arvind Kejriwal's dharna.

3:40 pm: Many commuters in Delhi have complained that they are facing problems in reaching their offices due to Arvind Kejriwal's dharna. "Delayed for standing committee meeting at Parliament annexe after being told by policemen access curtailed on various roads due to Kejriwal (sic)," BJP leader Smriti Irani tweeted.

3:37 pm: Minister of State for I&B Manish Tewari has called Kejriwal an anarchist. "It's a Constitutional anarchy," he said.

3:22 pm: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti has said that all allegations against him are wrong.

2:28 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been asked to move his dharna to Jantar Mantar, say MHA sources.

2:17 pm: Yadav said that the AAP is with Kejriwal and welcomes his decision to sit on a dharna. "AAP manifesto said that the party will be completely responsible for safety of Delhi. Today what we are doing is exactly what we promised in our manifesto," Yadav said.

2:15 pm: Yadav said that the police took no action in the Danish woman gangrape case and the alleged drug trafficking case. "A Danish woman gangraped but police has not taken any action. Another one in Malviya Nagar, people complained of drug trafficking but police took no action," Yadav said.

2:12 pm: Yogendra Yadav said that the Delhi Police is of no help to the residents of Delhi. Talking about three cases in the past few days, Yadav said, "In Sagarpur, a woman was burnt by her in laws. She has 45 per cent burn injuries. The police has not taken any serious action against this issue, people approached Rakhi Birla."

2:10 pm: AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, in a press conference, said, "This is unusual that a CM has to sit on a dharna for small demands."

2:07 pm: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi slammed Kejriwal's dharna saying, "I feel bad for the people who voted for this government in Delhi. They would be regretting it today."

2:05 pm: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said that dharnas cannot change the law. "Kejriwal should allow the Delhi Police to do its job. Dharnas cannot change the law. Only Parliament can change laws," he said.

1:51 pm: New Delhi DCP SBS Tyagi says the police will request Arvind Kejriwal to move to Jantar Mantar. "The CM has chosen to sit here. We will speak to him and request him to move to Jantar Mantar. So far, we have maintained the law and order situation. The question of breaking law and order does not arise. We are fully prepared. We will take all necessary steps to maintain law and order."

1:07 pm: Arvind Kejriwal was taken inside the Rail Bhawan and was escorted by the Delhi Police. He has now come back to join the protest.

12:50 pm: Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia have invited their supporters to sit on a dharna with them for 10 days.

12:42 pm: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said Kejriwal must have faith in the government and the judicial inquiry. "The Delhi Police Commissioner and the Lieutenant Governor are looking after Delhi matters. Kejriwal should have trust in government and judicial inquiry that is going on," Shinde said.

He also called it anarchy, saying, "I am in touch with Delhi Police. The argument of Delhi Police being under the Delhi government has been on since long, but that's not possible. The whole country is watching whose anarchy is this," Shinde said.

12:27 pm: Warning the Delhi Police, Kejriwal said, "If the police think that they will continue their atrocities and the Delhi CM will remain silent, they are highly mistaken."

12:35 pm: Kejriwal also said that he did not want to disturb the Republic Day arrangements. "We did not want to hinder the preparations of 26 January parade, but what kind of a republic is this where even the women in the state are not safe," he said.

12:32 pm: Arvind Kejriwal has asked the policemen to join his fight against the Delhi Police Commissioner. "We appeal to the police officers to join us in our fight. Let's fight against the police commissioner together. We do not want any violence. We want to have a peaceful protest as per the rules," Kejriwal said.

12:27 pm: Arvind Kejriwal accused the Delhi Police of taking money from street vendors and giving it to the Police Commissioner and the Home Minister. "We are here to demand justice for auto drivers, street vendors, hawkers and for security of women and the people of Delhi," Kejriwal said.

12:23 pm: Arvind Kejriwal defended Law Minister Somnath Bharti saying the Ugandan High Commission complimented him on busting the sex racket. "There is a big sex racket going on in the area, but the policemen refused to arrest them. There is no sex racket in the area which is possible without the knowledge of the police. A woman from Uganda High Commision gave a letter to Somnath Bharti and complimented him for his efforts to stop the racket," Kejriwal said.

12:17 pm: Criticising the Delhi Police, Arvind Kejriwal says, "One after the other rapes are happening and the Delhi Police only says that they are investigating, but they take no action." He says he has asked the Police Commissioner to suspend policemen who allegedly defied Somnath Bharti's order to arrest Ugandan women who he felt were involved in drug trafficking.

12:15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia are now addressing people outside the Rail Bhawan on a makeshift dais.

12:12 pm: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti says, "Our intention is to be on a dharna. We will sit on the road if need be."

12:05 pm: Delhi Police sources say that Arvind Kejriwal, along with six other Delhi ministers, can be allowed to sit on a dharna outside North Block. Sources also say that Kejriwal along with another minister may be allowed to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Meanwhile, AAP volunteers say the ministers have been allowed to sit on a dharna at North Block.

12 noon: Arvind Kejriwal's car has now been diverted and he may take a different route to North Block.

11:49 am: The police are refusing to let Arvind Kejriwal proceed to North Block. Water canons have also been kept on standby in Central Delhi.

11:39 am: BAAP activists were demanding Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti's resignation. They have been detained and taken away from Rail Bhawan by the Delhi Police.

11:30 am: A group of BAAP protesters wearing orange caps are also protesting against Kejriwal at the Rail Bhawan.

11:25 am: Arvind Kejriwal has been stopped at Rail Bhawan while on his way to North Block. Policemen deployed in the area are speaking to him.

11:22 am: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti says, "Delhi is suffering because of incompetence of Delhi police. We believe in 'Athithi devo bhava', people from Uganda and South Africa are welcome but wrong things shouldn't be allowed."

11:18 am: Arvind Kejriwal's cavalcade has reached Central Delhi. Kejriwal will now try to move to Parliament, from where he will move to North Block.

11:07 am: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that any action that is taken against any policeman should be only after investigation.

11:05 am: The Delhi Police has deployed a total of 25 companies (1,200 policemen) in Central Delhi ahead of Kejriwal's protest.

10:53 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has left the Delhi Secretariat for North Block to protest against the Delhi Police. There is heavy security deployment at the North Block. All roads to North Block have also been barricaded.

Delhi Congress leader Meem Afzal has said that a dharna won't solve the issues of the people of Delhi and that Kejriwal must act as a responsible Chief Minister. "Kejriwal and his government should show some responsibility. How will a dharna help him? God has given him an opportunity to run the government and prove himself. He should not take people for granted. Delhi government is on the backfoot," Afzal said.

It is an unprecedented situation in Delhi as Kejriwal takes his fight with the Delhi Police to the Home Ministry on Monday morning. Kejriwal and his ministerial are protesting to press for the suspension of five policemen who defied Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti's order to arrest Ugandan women who he felt were involved in drug trafficking.

Extra security forces have been moved to the North block. Sources say Kejriwal is likely to be detained under Section 65 of the Delhi Police Act. Prohibitory orders have been issued in Central Delhi and four metro stations have been shut on Monday morning because of Kejriwal's dharna plan.

The protest is on despite reports that the Indian Mujahideen is plotting to kidnap him to secure the release of Yaseen Bhatkal.

Kejriwal has accused the policemen of defying Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti's orders to arrest Ugandan women he felt were involved in drug trafficking. This comes even as a CCTV footage from inside AIIMS shows Bharti talking to doctors at 5 am when the medical tests were being carried out on Ugandan women he accused of being involved in a sex racket. Sources have confirmed that Bharti reached AIIMS after the fracas at Khirki extension on Thursday and asked to 'see' for himself what was going on at the hospital.

The women have filed a complaint against Bharti alleging the minister and his supporters used abusive language against them and detained them on the night of the raid. One of the Ugandan women revealed that they were assaulted by the mob accompanying Bharti. "We were returning from a party when we reached here and we saw a lot of Indian men on the road. They stopped our car, started shouting at us. We were really scared, so refused to step out. They started banging the doors of our car. When the police came, we finally stepped out of the car."

The police have filed an FIR against unknown persons for molestation and wrongful restraint after the Ugandan women complained. Police say the women will be asked to identify Bharti and his supporters. Senior Lawyer Harish Salve is likely to take up the issue before the Delhi High Court.

Another woman demanded Bharti's resignation. She said, "Police helped us because I think they were going to kill us. The way they were treating us as if we were criminals. We are not criminals. The minister who conducted the raid should be made to resign. What he's doing is not right . We just want to go to our embassy."

The minister has, however, denied the allegation saying, "I strongly deny that me or any of my supporters had any role in the violence that happened there. I do not know if court has directed filing a case against me." On Saturday, Bharti tweeted, "Will do an expose in sometime on sex racketeering in Khirki extension."

The Ministry of External Affairs has condemned the incident saying that the complaints filed will be probed. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the incident was unacceptable. "I think it's shocking, completely unconstitutional, unacceptable. I am worried about attitude here which just because you see someone different from you put label of worst kind of social evil on them. It's completely unacceptable. What face will we show to the world that in India we have people with such narrow, such ridiculous way of treating foreigners."

Condemning the incident, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the matter will be investigated. "We said we condemn this incident. We also explained that action is underway and the complaints registered will be investigated. We are in touch with the Delhi Police Commissioner on this matter and we intend to take this forward."

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Ambassador Gennet Zewide said the security remains a concern. She said, "Of course we're very much concerned, our nationals are being harassed like that. It is not only a concern to African ambassadors but to everybody. I think the way it was handled, was not appropriate. It is not right and it has to be condemned. We'd like to have measures where every citizen, including our citizens of Africa, either for education or medical reason or tourism, have to feel safe."

Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had strongly defending his government and his ministers vigilante stunts. Kejriwal defended Bharti while stressing that the Delhi Police must be made answerable to the state government and not the Central government.

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