In India, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress held a rally in New Delhi on Sunday (8 October) to protest against alleged corruption in the Central Government.
In India, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress held a rally in New Delhi on Sunday (8 October) to protest against alleged corruption in the Central Government. The Youth Congress also called for increased compensation for flood victims, an end to high prices, and a reduction of unemployment.
SYNOPSIS: More than 5000 members of the Delhi Youth Congress marched on Delhi residence of the Prime Minister of India, Mr Morarji Desai, (Sunday 8 Oct), to present a statement calling for, among other things, more compensation, for the victims of the two recent disastrous floods in the country.
But the marchers, watched closely by riot police, stopped short of their goal and soon scuffles between police and protesters broke out. When some of the demonstrators tried to break the cordon, police retaliated with tear gas bombs.
at 28 ft 8.5 Mtrs 45 Secs. What had started as an orderly march developed into a battle.
Those demonstrators caught by the police were being arrested an taken off in buses, shouting pro Mrs Indira Gandhi and anti Mr Desai slogans. The protesters had also planned to demand a halt to alleged corruption and misuse of power in the Government and a lowering of prices and unemployment. But the fighting that broke out frustrated their plan to see the prime minister.
More than 160 people were arrested and police used some 30 tear gas bombs according to Reuters, to disperse the demonstrators. Nearly all those arrested, including a former Cabinet minister, were supporters of Mrs Gandhi. Those arrested were charged with rioting and defying a ban on public meetings.