Delhi Police issue notice to IAC

The Delhi Police on Sunday issued a notice-cum-advisory to organiser of Team Anna’s protest at Jantar Mantar – India Against Corruption (IAC) – for creating ruckus in front of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence on Saturday.

Security has also been beefed up outside the residences of 14 ministers and Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

The notice-cum-advisory letter said that on Saturday around 6.00 pm, about 100 supporters gathered outside the PM’s house and staged a snap demonstration. They threw water bottles, lumps of coal, currency notes and coins inside the compound. “They were very aggressive and removed from there only after great difficulty,” police said.

Vishwas targeted

The notice also mentioned that Kumar Vishwas, a key functionary of the IAC, made a provocative speech against the police from the dais erected at Jantar Mantar. Such speeches based on unverified facts are likely to inflame passions of the crowd and incite them to commit some unlawful acts which may be prejudicial to law and order and harmony among the society, the notice said.

The police also said that they “have reports that some senior functionaries have briefed media about  such snap demonstrations at the houses and offices of VVIPs for example the PM’s and home minister”.

Such an incident is a clear violation of terms and conditions laid by the IAC on July 7, the police said while urging the organisation to follow the undertakings submitted to it before beginning of the fast. Seeing the crowd on Saturday and Sunday, police also said the organisation must follow the undertakings into which they had ensured that their supporters would not go beyond 5,000 but their numbers have increased. The capacity is around 5,000 but on Sunday their number was found to more than 10,000 since morning.

Stir in Chennai

In a sudden flare-up before the Chennai-based residence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, supporters of anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Sunday sought to gherao his house, demanding action against 15 ministers in the UPA-II Cabinet who have been charged with corruption by Team Anna.

The Chennai Police arrested nearly 60 activists of the IAC movement, after they took everyone by surprise by suddenly rushing from a protest venue in the city.

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