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Cops wait with riot gear as Mevani holds Delhi rally without police consent

An elected representative is not allowed to speak. This is extremely unfortunate: Mevani

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Yuva Hunkar Rally
We were just going to demonstrate democratically and peacefully, the Govt is targeting us, an elected representative is not being allowed to speak: Jignesh Mewani on being denied permission for Yuva Hunkar rally in Delhi

Scores of people gathered around the barricaded in the heart of on Tuesday for a protest march planned by and even as police denied permission for the event.

"No permission has been given to anyone (to hold a rally)," Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary told reporters here.

Chaudhary cited an order of the Green Tribunal banning protests at Jantar Mantar in central "We have asked the organisers to hold the protest at any alternate site like Ramlila Maidan."

Nobody has been given a permission. Since there is an NGT order that no protest can be staged at Jantar Mantar, we have asked organisers to hold the protest at alternate sites like Ramlila Maidan: Ajay Chaudhary, Joint CP of New #Delhi on Jignesh Mev Nobody has been given a permission. Since there is an order that no protest can be staged at Jantar Mantar, we have asked organisers to hold the protest at alternate sites like Ramlila Maidan: Ajay Chaudhary, Joint CP of New #on Jignesh Mev

Mevani on Thursday said he and his supporters would march from Jantar Mantar to the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.

The Gujarat lawmaker slammed the police and the central government for denying permission to the protest.

"An elected representative is not allowed to speak.

This is extremely unfortunate. We were just going to demonstrate democratically and peacefully. But the government is targeting us," Mevani told reporters before arriving at the venue.

According to officials, 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with tear gas launchers and water cannons, have been deployed on Parliament Street, which connects Connaught Place with the Parliament House.

Assam RTI and farmers' rights activist Akhil Gogoi is also expected to address the rally, called to highlight issues like educational rights, unemployment as well as gender and

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 14:34 IST
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