Eight protesters arrested, four cases registered

Eight protesters were arrested for rioting and attempt to murder after Sunday's police crackdown around India Gate lawns.

They were released on a surety of Rs 10,000 each after Manish Sisodia of Aam Aadmi
Party argued before the court.

Sisodia maintained that they were peaceful protestors.

“They were neither involved in any kind of rioting or any attempt to murder. But police arrested them,” he said.

He said the protest at India Gate was peaceful but a few people started the violence.

“They were especially sent to create a ruckus. Instead of arresting them, they nabbed innocent people,” he said.

 “The police should have arrested those people who were involved in rioting,” said Arvind Kejriwal outside Tilak Marg police station, where the arrested protesters were kept.
Sisodia alleged that police initially said they had been picked up just for questioning. He said he was surprised to find that they had been booked for attempt to murder.

‘Passersby held’

He said some of those arrested were mere passersby. He alleged that police misbehaved when he tried to check about the arrested protesters, telling him that he will have to come to the court.

Meanwhile, police have so far registered four cases of rioting – two with Parliament Street police station, one with Tilak Marg police station and another with Connaught Place police station.

The first case of rioting and damaging public property was registered with Parliament Street on Saturday.

Police said the protesters damaged vehicles, prevented public servants for performing their duty and were rioting at Raisina Hill.

The second case was filed when Baba Ramdev and retired General V K Singh reached Jantar Mantar on Sunday afternoon, and allegedly delivered provocative speeches that could lead to rioting.

The third case was registered at Connaught Place against unknown people for rioting near Rail Bhavan, and the fourth at Tilak Marg against eight people for rioting and attempt to murder.

* Eight arrested for rioting and attempt to murder.
* They were released on a surety of Rs 10,000 each.
* A case of rioting and damaging public property was filed with Parliament Street on Saturday.
* Another case was filed on Sunday afternoon after Baba Ramdev and retired General V K Singh allegedly made hate speeches.

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