The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) has threatened to launch ‘jail bharo andolan’ from Monday if AAP leader Kanubhai Kalsariya and 30 party workers, including some women, who were arrested on Friday, were not released.
Kalsariya and other AAP workers were arrested on charges of taking out “gauchar bachao yatra” (march to save the pastoral land) without police permission from Karamdiya village in Bhavnagar district. All of them are currently lodged in Bhavnagar district jail. AAP media coordinator Harshil Nayak said that the party would be filing bail applications on Monday, seeking their release.
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He said that party workers from all over the state would be assembling in Bhavnagar on Monday and a “jail bharo andolan” would be launched outside the Bhavnagar jail if Kalsariya and other party workers were denied bail. Nayak said that national party leaders from Delhi would also land in Bhavnagar on May 4 and take part in the “jail bharo andolan”.
Asked why did Kalsariya not agree for bail on Friday when he was produced in the court after his arrest, Nayak said police wanted Kalsariya to give in writing an undertaking that he would not launch any agitation in the future or not take part in any public movement. “This is because of this that Kalsariya refused to seek bail,” said Nayak. “The police is suppressing the human and democratic rights of the people,” said the AAP leader.
AAP had launched a three-day “gauchar bachao yatra” on Friday against the allotment of grazing land to a corporate houses in Karamdiya village of Bhavnagar district. Kalsariya had earlier led a successful agitation against the allotment of huge tract of land for a cement plant in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar district. After that, Kalsariya quit the BJP and joined AAP.
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