A vicious fight between demonstrators and police broke out in the streets of New Delhi, India on monday (23 April).
GV Police fighting with demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Police arresting followers and loading them onto bus.
SV Police checking windows of van.
SV Demonstrators look on.
SV Crowd of demonstrators around bus chanting slogans.
SV Arrested demonstrators in bus chanting.
SV Demonstrators chanting around bus.
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Background: A vicious fight between demonstrators and police broke out in the streets of New Delhi, India on monday (23 April). The demonstrators were members of a new "Guru" sect called Ananda Marga. They were demanding the release from prison of their spiritual leader Shri Ananda Murtiji who was jailed some seventeen months ago. His followers claim that while in prison their "Guru" was tortured and beaten. They also claim the authorities have tried to poison him. The demonstrators called for a judicial inquiry.
During the demonstration, the Ananda Marga followers threatened self-immolation, or self-sacrifice by killing themselves. A fight erupted between the police and the demonstrators who rushed police vans escorting arrested followers.
Police finally arrested more than one hundred of the demonstrators, but only after a savage street battle.
SYNOPSIS: Vicious street fighting between religious demonstrators and police broke out in New Delhi, India, on Monday. The demonstrators were members of a new Indian "Guru" sect called Ananda Marga. They were protesting against the continued imprisonment of their spiritual leader Shri Ananda Murtiji.
Police arrested more than one hundred of the demonstrators. During their march, the Ananda Marga had threatened self-immolation, or self sacrifice by killing themselves.
Shri Ananda Murtiji, was imprisoned seventeen months ago. His followers claim that the authorities have beaten and tortured their "Guru" while in prison. They further claim that the authorities have attempted to poison him.
The Ananda Marga sect had called for a judicial inquiry into their "Guru's" treatment. After their arrest at the demonstration, one hundred of them had joined him in prison.