Protesters evicted from Jan­tar Man­tar

Cit­ing vi­o­la­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, NGT has banned protests at the his­toric mon­u­ment and named Ramlila Maidan as al­ter­na­tive site

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Armed with the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal’s (NGT) or­der in this re­gard, the Delhi Po­lice and the civic bod­ies’ of­fi­cials up­rooted the tents put up by var­i­ous groups of protesters at Jan­tar Man­tar, on Mon­day.

Cit­ing the vi­o­la­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, the green panel had on Oc­to­ber 5 banned all protests around the his­toric mon­u­ment, which has be­come a hotspot for ag­i­ta­tions over the last few decades. The NGT di­rected au­thor­i­ties to shift protesters to an al­ter­na­tive site at Ramlila Maidan, Ajmeri Gate.

Mean­while, a bench headed by NGT Chair­per­son Jus­tice Swatan­ter Ku­mar on Mon­day sought a re­port on its or­der af­ter Delhi Po­lice coun­sel in­formed it that the site has been cleared and all makeshift and tem­po­rary struc­tures have been re­moved.

Among hun­dreds of peo­ple who were evac­u­ated from the site were the ex-ser­vice­men, who have been de­mand­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the One Rank One Pen­sion (OROP) scheme. Ac­cord­ing to them, the NGT’s or­der was “an at­tempt to throt­tle our voice in a democ­racy”. Group Cap­tain Vinod Ku­mar Gandhi said that af­ter the NGT or­der, Delhi gov­ern­ment was to pro­vide an al­ter­nate place but that has not been done yet.

“Ramlila Maidan is not a con­ve­nient place for protesters as there is no place to eat and no wash­rooms. The charges are Rs 50,000 a day, which is un­re­al­is­tic for a com­mon man,” Gandhi said.

He also al­leged that they were forcibly de­tained and were man­han­dled by po­lice.

Mean­while, Ramlila Maidan wore a de­serted look. “We have not re­ceived any ap­pli­ca­tion for a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate, which is re­quired from po­lice be­fore we al­low protests at the site,” a se­nior NDMC of­fi­cial said.


Protesters at Jan­tar Man­tar


Jan­tar Man­tar bears a va­cant look af­ter protesters were evac­u­ated by po­lice on Mon­day

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