NEW DELHI

Protest outside Israeli Embassy against Gaza strike, several held

Student activists of several organisations protested outside the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on Monday against the Israeli attacks on Gaza.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Student activists of several organisations protested outside the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi on Monday against the Israeli attacks on Gaza.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

A group of students and activists protested outside the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi on Monday afternoon demanding an end to Israel’s air strikes in Gaza. They have been detained by the police .

The call for protest was given by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union .

Members of student organisations, including the JNUSU, All India Students’ Forum, National Alliance of People’s Movement, Revolution Youth Association and others marched from Hotel Claridges to the Embassy around 12 p.m.

They were stopped by the Delhi Police on Aurangzeb Road. Over100 protesters were detained at the Tughlaq Road police station.

Some protesters including secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association Kavita Krishnan alleged they were manhandled by the police.

“I was manhandled by the Station House Officer of the police station. A female constable also hit me with her helmet while trying to detain me,” said Ms. Krishnan, who bore an injury mark on her lower lip.

Later, Ms. Krishnan tweeted “Palestine isn’t free. But how come we in India aren’t free to protest peacefully on Delhi streets, speak to media without police violence?”

SFI member Amal said: “We were having a silent protest and the police started beating us. They even tore my clothes and hit me with a stick on my forehead.”

“The police had been informed about the protest. Even then, peaceful protesters were lathicharged, manhandled and forced inside a bus and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station,” said JNUSU president Akbar Chawdhary.

“In a shameful instance of communal profiling, Muslims were asked to identify themselves. A man with a beard was asked to produce his ID card. We condemn the unprovoked use of force by the police,” added Mr. Chawdhary.

Police officials said they had already informed protesters that they would not be allowed to stage a protest.

“There was no lathicharge, women protesters were picked up by women cops and they were taken to the Tughlaq Road police station. We had detained 54 protesters and they were released after some time. Some of them said they were injured, so we asked them to undergo a medical test. Allegations that we used force against them are baseless,” said Additional Commissioner of Police S.B.S. Tyagi. With inputs by Paritosh Pande

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