Meranews, Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Congress unit filed a complaint at the Sabarmati police station in Ahmedabad on Friday against police personnel for allegedly lathi-charging party workers who were on a silent protest at the Subhash Bridge circle against the rise in fuel prices.
“Despite international crude oil prices falling to their lowest in a decade, the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government led by Narendra Modi has raised the prices of petrol and diesel to their maximum, looting the public. Protesting against this, we had planned a silent protest. On the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government’s orders, the police started lathi-charging the protesters, including female workers,” said Gyasuddin Sheikh, a member of the state legislative assembly (MLA) from the Congress representing Danilimda. The BJP heads the NDA government at the Centre.
Sheikh added: “Many workers have been injured, including women. We condemn this atrocity by the police and have filed a complaint against those police personnel at the Sabarmati police station. We want an unbiased investigation into the matter and severe punishment for the erring personnel.”
The incident took place on the same day that the Ahmedabad police detained around 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers who were attempting to take out a rally from the Navrangpura bus station in protest against high fuel prices.
“The AAP members wanted to carry out a rally today against rising prices and had asked for permission. But as they wanted to do that by pushing vehicles manually, which would have caused inconvenience to the public and created traffic problems, we denied them permission. Despite that, they went ahead with the rally, forcing us to detain some 20 members,” said R.V. Desai, senior police inspector at the Navrangpura police station.
The Gujarat unit of the AAP had announced on Thursday that it would be holding statewide protests against the rise in prices of commodities during the three years that the NDA has been in power at the Centre.