Baying for Bansalís blood, ABVP members canecharged

ABVPUT Police removing the abvp protesters from outside Bansalís residence in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Express

Sestion 144 of the CrPC was imposed at several places in the city after protests continued for the second day on Sunday following the arrest of the nephew of Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal. The members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad were canecharged near Bansal's residence following a scuffle that ensued with the members of the Youth Congress. The members of the youth wing of the BJP also sat on the train tracks as a mark of protest.

When a group of ABVP workers went to Bansal's residence ó barricades had been put up on the road leading to his house ó and shouted slogans, the members of the Congress who were present on the other side of the barricades objected to this. Following this, heated arguments were exchanged and a scuffle broke out.

The police personnel at the spot were manhandled by the ABVP workers who also burnt an effigy. After this, the police resorted to canecharging. Two office-bearers of ABVP Dinesh Chauhan and Sumit Pal Randhawa were rounded up by the police and later let off. Several people were injured during the clash. On Saturday as well, the ABVP members had held a protest at the same spot that had resulted in a scuffle.

While the police have registered a case against unknown persons, Section 144 of the CrPC has now been imposed near Bansal's residence, Raj Bhawan as well as the Congress Bhawan.

Bansal's neighbours, meanwhile, expressed anguish at the protests happening in their area regularly. Also, since the road leading to Bansal's house is barricaded, movement of the residents gets restricted. A meeting of the residents of the area took place to discuss the issue. The agitated residents shared their problems with the police.

Meanwhile, a protest was also held by the members of the youth wing of the BJP at the railway station. They sat on the train tracks and also climbed onto the Kalka Shatabdi that was to leave for Delhi in the evening. Carrying BJP flags, they raised slogans against the Congress. They dispersed only when it was time for Shatabdi to leave the station.

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