Scores of activists of Arvind Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption were detained on Sunday after they clashed with police while trying to barge into Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda’s residence here protesting on Robert Vadra-DLF issue.
Police used water canons and force to disperse the protesters, who breached a barricade put on Pandit Pant Marg near Mr. Hooda’s residence, and detained them this afternoon.
Mr. Kejriwal or any other senior leaders of the group were not present at the protest. Protesters, most of them from Haryana wing of the IAC, claimed over a dozen activists were injured in the police action.
The activists had assembled near Gol Dakhana and marched towards Mr. Hooda’s residence, where police had put up barricades.
The protesters breached the barricade and continued to march towards Mr. Hooda’s residence when they were stopped by police. However, the activists insisted on going ahead and they reached near the residence.
Police then used force and water canons to disperse the crowd.
A senior police official said they were forced to resort to use force to disperse the crowd.
Reacting to the incident, Mr. Kejriwal said people were “peacefully” protesting against Mr. Vadra and Mr. Hooda.
“This is the way government is reacting to a peaceful protest, which is a Constitutional right. They are brutally attacking people which is completely unacceptable in a democracy.
“How can a government treat its people like this?” he said.
Mr. Kejriwal had alleged a nexus between Haryana Government, DLF and Robert Vadra over land deals which was denied by them.