New Delhi: The Congress workers here on Monday protested against the Centre’s Land Acquisition Bill terming it ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-poor’ legislation. The police detained over 500 party workers, including women, when they tried to break the barricades in a bid to march towards Parliament. Police said several hundred Congress workers reached Parliament Street — a few hundred metres away from Parliament — and the crowd turned aggressive and broke barricades. The police used water cannons and baton-charged the demonstrators in a bid to disperse them.
Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Brar as well as some of the fellow Youth Congress activists sustained injuries when they tried to break through the police lines. The police also detained around 300 party workers.
Senior Congress leaders Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh also addressed the protesters who gathered at Jantar Mantar in the afternoon. Protesting against the Land Acquisition Bill, youth Congress workers started a rally on Friday from Bhatta-Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh and reached Rajghat on Sunday night. In the morning, they reached Jantar Mantar and started a demonstration. Similarly, Azad said, “You continue protesting outside Parliament, we will try not to allow the Bill to be passed when it is introduced in Parliament. We want this Bill to go lock, stock and barrel.”
Jairam hit out at the government saying they were doing away with the safeguards, thus, “bringing back the draconian 1894 law”.
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