Protestors were demanding implementation of a recent court order granting some of them permission to visit a nursery in Jor Bagh

A city court on Saturday remanded 28 people — charged with protesting outside the residence of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel — to six-day judicial custody.

Arrested late on Friday night, the protesters were demanding implementation of a recent court order granting some of them permission to visit a nursery built in a Karbala in Jor Bagh.

Though the protesters claimed the demonstration was peaceful, they were booked under preventive provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allow a police officer to arrest any person without orders from a Magistrate and without a warrant if it appears to the officer that the commission of the offence cannot be otherwise prevented.

Protest on Saturday too

In a late development, the protesters gathered outside Mr. Patel’s residence on Saturday night and were allegedly beaten up by the police. The Hindu tried to speak with the area police officers, but they were not available for a comment.

Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, a member of the Anjuman Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, a committee that owns the shrine land and backed Friday’s protest, alleged that 14 minor protesters were detained and kept at the Chanakyapuri police station overnight.

“The police flouted norms and illegally detained the juveniles. After being confined at the police station the entire night, they were bundled and taken to Gokalpuri, where they live. Only then, they were let off,” said Mr. Naqvi.

The police, however, denied the allegations saying the minors were sent back soon after being apprehended.

On January 22, the Delhi High Court had ordered that those who have dead relatives buried in the graves situated within the nursery area be allowed to visit them after entering their names in a register to be maintained by the lease holder Abdul Moid Khan.

Mr. Khan and the Anjuman are locked in a long-standing battle over the nursery land, which the latter claims has been encroached by the lessee.

There is constant police presence in Karbala and police barricades serve as boundary between the nursery and the remaining part of the land, which have several graves.

Mr. Naqvi alleged that Mr. Khan, with the help of the police at the site, stopped visitors from visiting the graves despite the court order.

“Mr. Khan even refuses to maintain a register,” he added.

“On Friday, after being refused entry for the third time, the protesters started raising slogans at the site. After being assured by Mr. Patel that he will intervene in the matter, they went there. However, when Mr. Patel refused to meet them, they continued their protest outside the house,” Mr. Naqvi added.

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