Indian police detain protesters to prevent rally outside PM residence

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Police in the Indian capital Tuesday detained dozens of supporters of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to prevent them from staging a protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence against Kejriwal’s arrest last week.

The opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had planned to hold a rally outside Modi’s residence seeking the release of its leader Kejriwal. The protesters were detained outside party headquarters.

In anticipation of the protests, police have enhanced security along the roads leading to Modi’s residence to foil any protest.

Television news footages showed protesters including women sitting on the ground and chanting slogans as police personnel moved them from the spot.

Kejriwal‘s arrest came weeks before India’s general elections which are scheduled to begin on April 19.

The AAP is part of an alliance of around two dozen opposition parties namely Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, led by the Congress party that has come to challenge Modi in the upcoming elections.

Source: Xinhua

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