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Arvind Kejriwal detained and released later by Delhi Police

New Delhi, Aug 26 (): Activists Arvind Kejriwal and Gopal Rai were detained outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence on Sunday after they violated the prohibitory orders as they moved in to gherao the house over the coal blocks allocation issue.

Police also detained Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas and one more from outside BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s residence. Some IAC activists, who were also protesting outside UPA chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence, were detained too. The activists however were released later after being detained for an hour by the Delhi Police.

While initiating a huge outburst against the government for the decision to shut down six metro stations in the capital’s sensitive zones on Sunday ahead of the protest rally called in by Kejriwal on Saturday, the activists said, “We have gathered here to demand the government to open the Metro. When the Congress and the BJP hold their rallies, the metros are kept open. We would like to ask the police officials who are attacking us that, ‘are the government or taxpayers paying you the money?’ Under what section we are being arrested? We did not even violate section 144.”

On the other hand, the police have asked the Delhi Metro to regularize operations. Earlier, the Delhi Traffic Police had decided to shut down six stations – Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Khan Market, Patel Chowk, Race Course and Jor Bagh – on Sunday between 8 am and 6 pm, owing to the protest called by the IAC activists.

While opposing against the coal allocations, Kejriwal on Saturday asked his supporters to protest not only in Delhi but also outside the residences of the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in their respective states.

Kejriwal’s call came in view after the CAG report on coal said that the national exchequer lost around Rs 1.86 lakh crore due to allocations without competitive bidding during 2005-09.

The Delhi Police earlier warned Kejriwal and his organization, not to go ahead with their protests saying that Parliament was in session and prohibitory orders were in place.