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Arvind Kejriwal and five others detained


August 26, 2012 - New Delhi

Social activist Arvind Kejriwal who staged protest outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence was detained by the Delhi Police after he was considered a threat to peace. The erstwhile Team Anna member and members of 'India Against Corruption' have assembled outside the residences of the Prime Minister and BJP party president Nitin Gadkari protesting the coal block allocation issue.

Kejriwal detained, later released

Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishas, Sanjay Singh were detained the police for about an hour and was later released as the police didn't want a confrontation with their supporters. Kejriwal and Gopal were detained while protesting outside PM Manmohan Singh's residence. Sisodia and Vishwas were picked up from outside the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Sanjay Singh was detained from outside Nitin Gadkari's residence.

Speaking to reporters later, Kejriwal said that people would gather at Jantar Mantar at about 10 am and will move to the politicians' residence at 12:30 pm. "What wrong are we doing? We are just sitting quietly on the footpath. At least we should be told why we are being detained," Kejriwal said. A spokesperson for IAC also found fault with the detention saying that only two persons gathered outside the residences of the politicians and did not violate any prohibitory orders.

The police said that the protesters are allowed to stay at Jantar Mantar but would be arrested if they move further. The Delhi Police has written to 'India Against Corruption' not to stage protests saying that the Parliament was in session and the prohibitory orders were in place.

Six metro stations in central Delhi were earlier closed due to security concerns because of the protests. However, the police have revised the advisory and the stations will now remain open throughout the rest of the day.

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