New Delhi: A minister in the Delhi government and several MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were detained by the police on Thursday when they were trying to stage a demonstration in front of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence at Akbar Road here, in protest against the arrest of the party’s Dalit MLA, Prakash Jarwal.
The detained AAP leaders and workers were taken to the Tughlaq Road and Parliament Street police stations, from where they were released subsequently.
“Our Dalit MLAs were whisked away by the police as they were attempting to stage a protest in front of Rajnath Singh’s residence, while no action was taken against the BJP workers who demonstrated in front of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence,” senior AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters.
The AAP MLAs and workers had given a call to gherao the home minister’s Akbar Road residence.
As many as 89 persons were detained around 12 noon, Delhi Police PRO, DCP Madhur Verma said.
Fourteen women and 75 men, including Delhi minister RP Gautam, five other MLAs and six councillors of the AAP, were among those detained, he added.
Two AAP legislators, including Jarwal and Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan, were arrested by the police on Wednesday in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.