Paper leak: Over 100 AAP, Congress protesters detained in Surat

Three days after about 70 to 80 workers and leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were arrested for storming the state headquarters of the BJP in Gandhinagar, Surat police detained about 78 AAP workers and 30 workers from the BJP on Thursday. Congress when they were on their way to present a memorandum to Surat Collector Ayush Oak in the paper filter case.

All the detainees were kept in a community room at the Athwalines police headquarters during the day, before being released at night.

Police arrested some 19 AAP leaders and workers, including Surat Municipal Corporation opposition leader Dharmesh Bhanderi and councilors, who gathered in front of the district collector in Athwalines to present the memorandum on Thursday for the morning. They were arrested at the main door of the collector and detained.
Meanwhile, two councilors of the AAP managed to enter the premises and deliver the memorandum to the collector. “We went to deliver a memorandum to the district collector and they detained us. We asked the police to allow us but they stood firm. In the memo given to the district collector, we have demanded that the AAP leaders arrested in Gandhinagar be released immediately. The real culprits of the incident must be arrested. We have also demanded that the government suspend (Chairman of the Gujarat Subordinate Service Selection Board) Asit Vora and that legal action be taken against him. The state government should give Rs 50,000 compensation to each student who takes the exams, ”said Bhanderi.
Furthermore, around 59 AAP leaders and workers protesting in Chowk Bazaar near the Mahatma Gandhi statue were also arrested for protesting without permission from the police.

Later, Congressional leaders, led by Surat Congressional Speaker Naishad Desai, also gathered in front of the district collector’s office to present a memorandum. However, police officers deployed to the scene denied them entry and detained 30 congressional leaders and workers, including Desai. Congressional leaders were released overnight.

“We went to the collector’s office to deliver the memo. They treated us as antisocial and criminal elements. We asked the police to only allow two leaders to enter, but they refused even to do that, ”Desai said.


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