AAP releases ‘incriminating’ letter

AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi (on the ground), along with his supporters, atthe dharna site in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: V. Sudershan

AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi (on the ground), along with his supporters, atthe dharna site in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: V. Sudershan  

Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav released a letter from a Ugandan High Commission, pertaining to the trafficking of a woman in May, stating that there was a “well coordinated racket of sex traffickers based in Kampala and Delhi.” Delhi Police officials, however, say there is no evidence any of the women held by AAP cadre last week were involved in prostitution.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has rejected the demand to bring Delhi Police under the Delhi Government, claiming that police in Washington, D.C., were controlled by the United States Federal Government. His reference was, evidently, to the United States Capitol Police, charged with defending Congress and democratic institutions.

Mounting protests

Protestors led by Mr. Kejriwal and his six Cabinet Ministers were stopped outside Parliament’s Rail Bhawan crossing Monday mid-morning, while attempting to drive to Mr. Shinde’s North Block office. The Delhi Police rapidly sealed roads and central Delhi metro stations to prevent party cadre from gathering. Mr. Kejriwal then staged a protest at the site they were stopped, even as the city plunged into traffic chaos.

Later, senior AAP leaders entered into a verbal duel with Delhi Police officers alleging that Model Town MLA Akhilesh Tripathi was beaten by some policemen when he was trying to reach the venue. There was no independent confirmation, however, of the alleged assault, and police denied that Mr. Tripathi had suffered injuries.

Splinter group protests

High drama ensued at the protest venue outside the Rail Bhawan as some people chose to protest against the decision of the Kejriwal government against the Union Home Ministry right opposite the protest venue of Mr. Kejriwal.

Minutes after Mr. Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues reached near Rail Bhawan, around a dozen workers of the Bharatiya Aam Aadmi Party (BAAP) – a splinter group of the AAP – reached Rail Bhawan and started raising slogans against the decision of the AAP government to hold the protest.

Pre-empting a clash, the police moved in swiftly, bundled all BAAP workers in a bus and took them away from the venue. Incidentally, the BAAP workers were wearing saffron caps.

In another instance, a group of independent individuals started objecting to the AAP protest, something that was protested by the AAP volunteers.

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