Protest but maintain calm: Sushilkumar Shinde

December 24, 2012 17:13
Protest but maintain calm: Sushilkumar Shinde

The Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde had to intervene when it came to staging a march to Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the home of the President saying that it was a security issue and that hooligans would have found their chance to slip into the protesters demanding justice for the Delhi gang rape case victim on Monday.

He assured that the government was not against their peaceful protest but denied a march to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He also told that he had been talking to representatives of students since the beginning of the protests that severely condemned the gang-rape of a young woman on December 16 in the national capital.

He said, "I accept that calm and quiet protestors can demonstrate, and there is no problem (with that) as it is the right of the public”.  However, he added that, a gathering at Vijay Chowk and breaching the barricades to go to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in a march would be a concern of security and cannot be allowed since, the “Rashtrapati Bhavan is prestigious for the country."

He specualated that the Hooligans could have found their way to join the protesters and that the problem was in identifying them from the crowd. "One of my constables was critically injured, and 18 policeman are injured. The hooligans can't be identified in 3,000 people," Shinde said.

(AW- Anil)

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