Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his agitation. Here are the highlights of the day:
7.45 pm: Speaking to the crowd, Kejriwal said the decision to send the concerned policemen on leave while the inquiry is conducted is a victory for the people. “Every time a crime happened and the dire security situation came out in the open, the last government hid behind the excuse that it had no control over the police force. We will not let that happen. Delhi police has to answer to the city’s residents and elected representatives,” the CM said. He also criticised the police for engaging in lathi-charge and sought apology from the all the inconvenienced commuters as some metro stations were closed due to the protest.
7.30 pm: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has called off its protest in the national capital after Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung offers to send SHO concerned on leave.
5.50 pm: Over a dozen people, including two policemen, were injured in clashes between Aam Aadmi Party supporters and police near Rail Bhavan today.
2.35 pm: Following the scuffle between Delhi Police and AAP supporters, Manish Sisodia appeals to protesters to carry out the agitation peacefully. “We would request everyone not to break the barricades. We do not have any personal grudge against police officials,” says Sisodia.
2.17 pm: Fresh scuffle has been reported between Aam Aadmi Party workers and Delhi police after they were stopped from heading towards Rail Bhawan.
TV reports say, the AAP protesters were lathicharged as they were trying to break the barricades on Dr Rajendra Prasad Road. The AAP workers, reports said, threw stones at policemen, who tried to stop them. A police officer was allegedly injured during stone pelting by AAP supporters
1.55 pm: BJP activists coming towards Rail Bhawan were detained by the Delhi Police near Akashvani Bhawan. They have been sent to the Parliament Street police station.
1.45 pm: Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia reiterates their stand of not moving from the protest venue. “We are here…we are not going any where,” he says.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi CM also threatened to flood Rajpath with lakhs of supporters that can disrupt Republic Day celebrations.
With Kejriwal and his ministerial colleagues adamant on their stand, it is to seen on how the full dress rehearsals of the Republic Day take place since the venue of protest falls on the route of R-Day parade.
12.45 pm: Kejriwal appeals to the police to remove barricades. As the skies opened up this morning, Kejriwal was forced to take refuge in his. However, the Delhi Chief Minister remained adamant as he said: “Halaat dekh ke bhagwan bhi ro raha hai, mausam kitna hi bigde hum nahi hatenge.”
12.10 pm: Commuters were hit hard with authorities shutting down four Metro stations and buses being diverted. Four Metro continued…