New Delhi, Jan. 21: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia while protesting over his demand for suspension of Delhi Police personnel, who have been accused by his administration of dereliction of duty, on Tuesday said that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was making the place of protest like India and Pakistan by not even allowing water for people.
“Shinde is making this place to be like India and Pakistan by not even letting water inside the place of protest, leave alone people. They are behaving like our enemies,” said Sisodia.
He further said that they will continue fighting for the safety of women.
“The People have elected us and we had promised them that we will fight for the safety of women and we are fighting,” he said.
“If some four people protest in front of Shinde’s house, and a window gets broken, then he will suspend policemen. But if a women is burnt alive or gangraped, or if someone is running a sex racket, he won’t suspend anyone,” he added.
On Monday evening, leaders from his party were seen on camera arguing aggressively with the police about allegedly beating up their supporters, including a law-maker named Akhilesh Tripathi, who was injured and moved to hospital.
Over 4,000 cops and several anti-riot vehicles have been deployed at the venue to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.
Kejriwal says the Delhi Government must be given charge of the city’s police force which currently reports to the central government via the Home Ministry. His demand comes after last week’s gang-rape of a Danish tourist, and a controversial midnight raid by Law Minister Bharti in South Delhi’s Khirki Extension area.
The minister asked the police to arrest Ugandan citizens and raid a house where he alleged they were trafficking drugs and sex. The police refused, saying they had no warrant.
Braving the Delhi winter, Kejriwal slept on a mattress at the side of the road, right next to his blue Wagon R.
Four Metro stations have been shut near North Block. The police had asked Mr Kejriwal to shift his protest to Jantar Mantar, but their attempts failed.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, after the cabinet meeting yesterday, met the Prime Minister and apprised him of the developments and the planned action.
Kejriwal has rejected Shinde’s offer that appropriate action will be considered against three Delhi Police cops the Chief Minister wants suspended after an inquiry. He has demanded the immediate suspension of the cops, who he has accused of dereliction of duty.
The AAP has also alleged that one of their ministers, Saurabh Bharadwaj, had been arrested and made to sit in a bus.
The Delhi Police has denied the charge. They said Bharadwaj had sat in the bus of his own accord. The cops disconnected the public address system in an attempt to make the protesters shift to Jantar Mantar, an area earmarked for demonstrations.
Both the BJP and the Congress have severely criticised Kejriwal for his unprecedented protest.
The BJP called it “anarchy”, while the Congress said he was “taking the law in his own hands.”
Shinde has asked Kejriwal to “maintain the dignity of the Chief Minister’s office.” (ANI)