New Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was down with acute bronchitis and fever on Wednesday after a night in Delhi’s cold during his dharna outside Rail Bhavan, and was undergoing tests at a hospital in Ghaziabad.
Although the dharna was called off, Delhi Police filed a case against unknown persons in connection it. Several scuffles had broken out during the dharna, which took place in the high-security area despite a police ban on the assembly of more than four people.
During his protest, Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues slept in the open and held mini cabinet meetings in his car during the day. Kejriwal had a mild fever on Tuesday as well.
The case was registered at Parliament Street Police Station on Tuesday night under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) and section 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from duty) of the Indian Penal Code, police sources said.
During the dharna by Kejriwal, several altercations broke out between the police and workers of Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, and at least 31 people, including policemen and media personnel, were injured.
“The cases registered in connection with the agitation on January 20th and 21st in the area of Parliament Street Police Station will be investigated on merit,” a statement released by Delhi Police said.
Kejriwal's dharna in the heart of the capital came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night after the two police officers targeted by him were sent on leave.
Kejriwal had wanted the Union home ministry to suspend the officers, but the government’s decision apparently appeased him.
The protest outside Rail Bhavan had morphed into a demand for control over Delhi Police, which reports to the Union home ministry at present. The chaos threatened to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations on Sunday.
Those sent on leave were the Station House Officer of Malviya Nagar, who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring on the orders of Law Minister Somnath Bharti, and the officer in charge of the Police Control Room van at Paharganj, where a Danish woman was gang-raped last week.
Following this, Kejriwal announced that he was calling off the protest over the ”victory” achieved by the people of Delhi.