Tight Security in Delhi, Section 144 Imposed
“We’re witnessing the death of democracy”- Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Congress party office in Delhi as party workers start demonstrations. “We’re witnessing the death of democracy,” Gandhi said in a Press Conference.
“What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is being destroyed in front of your eyes. Anybody who stands against this idea of onset of dictatorship is viciously attacked, jailed, arrested & beaten up.”
Congress has planned a nationwide protest against price rise, unemployment, and imposition of Goods and Services Tax on food items today. The party had decided to hold a ‘Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan’ march from Parliament to President’s House by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, while other senior leaders and workers will also gherao the prime minister’s residence.
Section 144 has been imposed in the entire area of New Delhi district, except Jantar Mantar. Barricades have been put up at Akbar Road, Delhi and there is heavy police presence as Congress workers started arriving near the party office. Security has also been deployed at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, near 7 LKM.
Delhi Police has written a letter to KC Venugopal informing that section 144 has been imposed in the entire New Delhi area except Jantar Mantar, so no protest will be allowed and a warning has been issued. Sources have suggested that Delhi police, acting on intelligence inputs, has tightened security, especially around the PM’s residence and the house of all VVIPs.
Delhi Police has also issued an advisory saying the traffic movement will be affected in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi due to the protest. Traffic has been diverted in several areas in the national capital to ensure smooth flow. “Special arrangements have been made and necessary diversions have been suggested on expected congestion points. We have made all the contingency arrangements for all types of situations, and we will ensure that least inconvenience is caused to the public,” Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S S Yadav had said.
Sources said this is a show of strength by the Congress party and senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, speaking on the ED probe yesterday, told the press that he is ‘not afraid of Modi’.