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Six anti-Israel protesters detained for demonstrating without police permission

Muslims protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, at Juhapura in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja) Muslims protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, at Juhapura in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)
Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Posted: August 25, 2014 3:32 am | Updated: August 25, 2014 4:09 am

A silent demonstration for Muslims in Gaza was held in the city’s Juhapura area on Sunday. However, the demonstration was called off after the Vejalpur police detained six protesters, including social activist Noorjahan Diwan.

The programme was organised by the Muslims of Juhapura, who wanted to protest against the killings of women and children in Gaza and “pray” for peace in Israel.

However, the police claimed that the locals hadn’t taken permission from the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner and Vejalpur police for holding this demonstration.

Inspector R B Mirza said, “The locals had first sought permission for August 30, which was given. They later sought permission for August 24, for which they weren’t given permission. But still they went ahead and gathered at Juhapura for their prayers.

“The gathering was illegal since it wasn’t permitted. Six of them, including a woman activist, were detained and brought to the police station. These six, among others, had opposed to the police presence and got into an argument with the police.”

The detainees were taken to Vejalpur police station and let off after two hours. The police also said that if the locals want to hold a demonstration or a prayer gathering they can once again apply for it at the police station.

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