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Delhi Archbishop among 300 priests detained during protest

Bishops and Nuns were detained at the police station and let off in the evening.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 12, 2013 1:07 am

Around 300 bishops and nuns were detained by the New Delhi district police after they started a march towards Ashoka Road from Jantar Mantar.

Police said around 300 persons were detained at the Parliament Street police station around 12 pm and let off by 5 pm on Wednesday. Police said the protesters were asked to carry out a peaceful demonstration only at Jantar Mantar and not beyond that but they refused,despite several requests.

“Two buses were brought in and the protesters were forced inside. Apart from this,no force was used. There was no lathicharge. They were detained at the police station and let off in the evening,” a senior police officer said.

“The Archbishop,along with other bishops,priests and nuns were arrested while on a peaceful demonstration at Jantar Mantar,demanding the repeal of the 1950 Presidential Order against Dalits. Christians have been demanding (scrapping of) the Presidential Order of 1950 which denies equal rights to Christians and Muslims of dalit origin,” a spokesperson of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese said.

Archbishop Anil JT Couto said such peaceful protests had been held in the past.

He said priests and nuns were arrested while marching from Jantar Mantar towards the Ashoka Road circle. Couto alleged that the protesters were assaulted by police.

“The law is unconstitutional. While (many) governments have been turning a deaf ear to the demand of Christians,they have now assaulted our priests and nuns and arrested us too. Our lawyers are going to file a criminal case against the police for their brutal action,” he said.

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