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Kejriwal stopped at Rail Bhawan on way to protest outside home minister Shinde’s office

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers were stopped by Delhi Police near Rail Bhawan here and prevented from going to North Block for their proposed sit-in protest outside the Union Home Minister's office demanding action against police personnel for alleged dereliction of duty.

Although prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code were imposed in the New Delhi district, Kejriwal and his team decided to go ahead with the dharna. They want the suspension of four Delhi police personnel. Delhi police is under the Union home ministry.

Kejriwal has demanded action against the policemen who allegedly refused to cooperate with Law Minister Somnath Bharti in cracking down on a suspected drug and prostitution racket in south Delhi.

A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area around Rail Bhawan and barricades have been erected to stop anyone from marching towards North Block, which houses the office of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Kejriwal and his ministerial colleagues, who reached Rail Bhawan around 11.20am, were not allowed to alight from their cars and proceed towards the Home Minister's office.

”Whosoever comes to protest, if section 144 is invoked, he will be stopped. At the moment, he (Kejriwal) has been stopped,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) S B S Tyagi.

Meanwhile, activists of the Bhartiya Aam Aadmi Party (BAAP) party, donning saffron caps, reached the scene and started shouting slogans against Kejriwal. Police detained them and took them away.

Kejriwal had on Friday met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and demanded action against the police personnel.

The AAP government has also sought action against a policeman who had a tiff with Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla in Sagarpur of West Delhi. The Chief Minister has also blamed the police over the way in which it handled the gangrape case of a Danish tourist on Tuesday.

After the meeting with the Home Minister, the AAP government had said that the Chief Minister along with his cabinet colleagues and AAP MLAs will stage a dharna outside the Home Ministry from Monday if the SHO of Malviya Nagar and two ACPs of the area are not suspended for refusing to take action against the alleged sex and drug ring.