Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union (ARDU) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have urged Commissioner of Police Shankar Bidari to withdraw restrictions placed on holding protests and rallies in the city.

Activists staged a protest in front of the office of South Division Deputy Commissioner of Police near South End Circle here on Tuesday and said: “Mr. Bidari is suppressing the fundamental rights of the citizens from staging protest rallies, agitations and holding public meetings and conventions against the injustice or atrocities faced by them,” the protesters said. With an intention to curb the increasing public meetings and protest rallies in the city, the Commissioner had drafted a few guidelines on March 27, 2009. The CITU had objected to the draft order and has filed a writ petition against it in the High Court. The CITU had announced that it would hold series of protests till May 30, the Founding Day of CITU.

A protest rally would be taken from Town Hall to the State Police Headquarters on Nrupatunga Road on May 30, a senior activist of CITU said.