New Delhi: Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani’s request to conduct a rally on Parliament Street today has been denied permission by the Delhi Police citing an NGT order that had disallowed protests at Jantar Mantar.
However, the organisers said they would go ahead with their ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ where Mevani and Assam peasant leader Akhil Gogoi are likely to address Dalit activists.
The office of Deputy Commissioner of Police on Monday had tweeted, “No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders. Organisers have been constantly advised to go to alternate site, which they are reluctant to accept.”
The organisers, however, claim that their protest is on Parliament Street and not Jantar Mantar where NGT has imposed restrictions.
Meanwhile, heavy police force has been deployed at the venue. Organisers have urged participants to gather at Parliament Street at noon.
A large section of students from universities and colleges in New Delhi, women’s groups, teachers’ associations and activists associated with Mevani from across the country are expected to attend the rally.
The rally seeks to raise the demand for the release of Dalit outfit Bhim Army’s founder Chandrashekhar Azad and emphasize on issues like educational rights, employment, livelihood and gender justice.