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Protest against Salman Khurshid: How the day unfolded

CNN-IBN
Oct 13, 2012 at 07:57pm IST

New Delhi: 3.50 pm: Kejriwal and his supporters throw slippers at Khurshid's poster.

3.15 pm: Police sources say that the activists will be taken into preventive custody if they try to march towards the Prime Minister's residence or anywhere else.

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1.58 pm: Kejriwal says the protests will continue till Khurshid resigns.

1.50 pm: Kejriwal lashes out at Salman Khurshid and wife Louise. The duo used up funds meant for the differently-abled, he says and demands immediate arrest of the two. He also questions the silence of the Bharatiya Janata Party on the entire issue.

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1.40 pm: Kejriwal addresses supporters and raises anti-government slogans. Having been released after 24 hours, he thanks supporters for bringing him food.

1.26 pm: Arvind Kejriwal reaches Parliament Street. Police say IAC does not have the permission to hold protests there. Arrests expected.

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1.01 pm: IAC activist Kumar Vishwas lashes out at Salman Khurshid for using the term 'gutter snipes'. "How can Salman Khurshid say guttersnipes? Is this the language he learnt at Harvard. How can they detain the physically disabled?" he asks.

12.30 pm: Kejriwal proceeds to Jantar Mantar.

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11.44 pm: Arvind Kejriwal leaves makeshift jail at Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Bawana.

11.19 am: We will march to Parliament Street after release, says Arvind Kejriwal. "I appeal to the people of this nation to reach Parliament Street to protest against the government of India that has ministers like Salman Khurshid. The people must protest until Khurshid resigns."

11.17 am: IAC activists' detention over, says Delhi Police. Arvind Kejriwal's protesters shout anti-government slogans at the makeshift jail in Bawana.

11.00 am: IAC member Arvind Kejriwal and others to be released from makeshift jail in Bawana anytime soon.

IAC plans jail bharo protest

Union Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise could face more heat on Saturday over an inspection report of a trust for the differently-abled run by Louise even as India Against Corruption (IAC) activists plan a 'jail bharo andolan' in Mumbai and protests in Chennai demanding the resignation of the Union Minister.

Meanwhile, sources in the Delhi Police say activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, who was detained along with other IAC activists on Friday evening during their protests against Khurshid, may be released around noon. However, they are likely to continue their protest inside the Bawana stadium. Some members including Yogendra Yadav are likely to sit on a dharna at Parliament Street.

On Friday evening, Kejriwal and his IAC supporters were detained by the police after they protested against Khurshid over alleged misuse of funds at the Zakir Hussain Trust that is run by his family. CNN-IBN accessed a report from the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry which pointed out irregularities in implementing schemes for the differently-abled persons at the trust and the purchase of appliances for them.

However, Louise issued a strong denial pointing out that the report was not a CAG report and that no one had questioned her or any of the functionaries of the Trust. Louise even filed a defamation suit against the channel which carried the sting on her trust. Khurshid who is in London is expected to return on Sunday night. Congress party sources, however, say that there is no question of any resignation.

Kejriwal, however, is adamant. "It's the demand of the people. Salman Khurshid should resign. He has forged signature of government officials," he said, adding that the activists will not give up their fight. "The police has manhandled our activists without any reason. They are terrorising us... they are mistaken and we will not give up. These battles are fought on the streets. This is a political battle, its people's politics against corruption. They (Khurshid and his wife) should be arrested immediately."

He also demanded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's resignation. "The UP CM has a lot to answer. The Samajwadi Party and the Congress are helping each other," he said.

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