High Drama prevailed when the UT Police on Friday detained nearly 50 people who were gathering in the ground opposite the Sector 17 stadium in order to hold a protest and meet the Deputy Commissioner (DC). The members of Ghar Adhikar Sangrash Morcha were protesting against demolition notices served to nine illegal colonies.
Police said that the residents of the slum threatened to block roads if they were not allowed to meet the DC. Nearly 50 people including children and women were detained for nearly two hours in the police station.
Police said that none of the protesters were booked. They were all let of after verification. Sources said that even those who were travelling in auto-rickshaws, who claimed not to be a part of the protest, were detained.
Police said that the protesters were detained as they did not have a permission to hold a protest. When they started to gather, they were asked to move to the Parade Ground, but they refused. So, police took a preventive action was taken. SHO of the Sector 17 Police Station, Inspector Dilsher Singh said, “The protesters had to be controlled in order to maintain law and order in the city.”
In a statement issued on Friday, members of the city unit of the AAP disapproved the ‘high-handed’ and ‘undemocratic manner’ in which the Chandigarh Police and the Chandigarh Administration has been dealing with protests. They also opposed the ‘misuse’ of Section 144 by the Chandigarh Police.
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Students for Society (SFS) also condemned the police action on the protesters of Ghar Adhikar Sangrash Morcha; with police arresting many protesters and violently behaving with them.