Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was placed under house arrest by police yesterday as he met protesting farmers yesterday and was forced to cancel their meetings

Bharat Bandh: AAP claims Arvind Kejriwal “Under House Arrest”, Delhi Police denies

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was placed under house arrest by police yesterday as he met protesting farmers yesterday and was forced to cancel their meetings the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged this morning. 
  • The Delhi Police denied the charge.

[avatar user=”Isha Yadav” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By Isha Yadav[/avatar]

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was placed under house arrest by police yesterday as he met protesting farmers yesterday and was forced to cancel their meetings, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged this morning. The Delhi Police denied the charge.

The AAP also alleged that the Chief Minister was deliberately stopped due to the Bharat Bandh called by farmers opposing the new agricultural laws of the central government.

The party said that the Delhi Police, on the orders of the Union Home Ministry, got three mayors of various civic bodies of the city to protest in front of the Chief Minister’s house and used it to block the evacuation. The AAP claimed that there has been a complete barricading at Kejriwal’s residence, in which no one is allowed to enter or leave.

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AAP leaders said that all their official meetings have been canceled in view of the circumstances.

The Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police for North District, Anto Alphonse, denied the party’s allegations, calling them “lies” and “baseless”. “We are cautious. Arvind Kejriwal left home at around 8 pm last night and returned at around 10 pm. No problem,” Mr Alphonse said.

Mr. Kejriwal visited the Singhu border point between Delhi and Haryana on Monday to meet the protesting farmers and review arrangements for them. Thousands of farmers have been parked there along with other border points with Delhi and other states in protest against the Union government’s agricultural laws passed in September.

They are demanding the unconditional repeal of the three laws which they consider to be seriously harmful to them. The Bharat Bandh of the protesters has the support of many political parties including Congress, Left parties, Samajwadi Party and BSP.

In anticipation of trouble, several leaders of various parties in Uttar Pradesh, including SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, have been allegedly detained or placed under conditions such as house arrest. On Monday, Mr. Yadav tried to break and leave the barricades for a protest rally in Kannauj, but was taken into custody by the police.

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