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Rahul Gandhi ED summons: Congress workers detained in Delhi for protesting without permission

Gandhi is set to appear before the ED on Monday in connection with the National Herald money laundering case. Congress party MLAs and MPs from different states have come to Delhi for the ‘Satyagraha’ march from the AICC headquarters to the ED office.

Congress workers protesting at police barricades near Akbar Road. (Express Photo)

The Delhi Police Monday detained several Congress workers in the city for protesting in support of party leader Rahul Gandhi, who has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, without permission and violating their orders.

Gandhi is set to appear before the ED on Monday in connection with the National Herald money laundering case. Congress party MLAs and MPs from different states have come to Delhi for the ‘Satyagraha’ march from the AICC headquarters to the ED office.

As Congress workers and senior party members stepped out of the AICC office and started sloganeering, the Delhi Police detained around 13-15 people, including women. “Congress workers have been detained from Akbar Road, Q Point, APJ Kalam Road, and Man Singh Road and taken to the Mandir Marg police station,” said a senior police officer.

Another senior police officer said Section 144 of the (Code of Criminal Procedure) CrPC has been imposed preventing the assembly of more than four people in the area.

Sources said over 13 workers were removed from the roads and pushed inside buses because they did not have permission to protest. Visuals from Akbar Road showed protesters being pushed into police cars and buses as they were sloganeering and holding posters saying ‘Satyagraha – Rahul Gandhi’.

On Sunday, DCP (New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth issued an order saying that permission can’t be granted for the Congress protest march because of the “communal situation” in Delhi and also the VVIP security arrangements in the area.

The Delhi Police put up a poster of the order at the barricades outside the AICC office at Akbar Road.

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“Security has been stepped up as per the proposed march by the Congress leaders. All the routes leading to their proposed destination have been heavily barricaded with the adequate deployment of forces as a precautionary measure,” said an officer.

First published on: 13-06-2022 at 09:33:09 am
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