New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The AAP today alleged party leaders and volunteers were injured in an “unprovoked” baton- charge by police when they were protesting at Patel Chowk over the ongoing sealing drive by civic bodies. Also Read - AAP Sweeps Delhi MCD Bypolls, Arvind Kejriwal Says People Now Want Good Work In Municipality Too
AAP leader Ashutosh, spokesperson Dilip Pandey and more than 10 volunteers were injured when they tried to march towards Parliament, the party claimed. Also Read - BJP Sweeps Gujarat Local Bodies Elections, AAP Wins 42 Seats; AIMIM Makes Presence Felt
“The baton-charge was totally unprovoked. Many of our volunteers were injured,” Ashutosh said. Also Read - Delhi MCD Election Results 2021 Updates: AAP Wins 4 Seats, Congress 1; Kejriwal, Sisodia Laud Victory
A senior police officer said the AAP did not have permission to protest, especially at a time when prohibitory orders are in place in view of the Parliament session.
He refuted the charge that police used force against the protesting AAP leaders and volunteers, who were later detained.
Municipal corporations in Delhi have undertaken the sealing drive initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.
Commercial premises have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.
AAP s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai said the party had demanded that the conversion charges be waived, but the BJP- ruled MCDs had turned it down.
“The AAP tried to gherao Parliament. But the way the police baton-charged … A number of people were injured and many taken into police custody. The BJP is using force to crush protests,” Rai alleged.
In Parliament, the AAP boycotted the President s address over the sealing drive, disqualification of 20 of its MLAs and the Centre s decision to relax FDI norms.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.