Arvind Kejriwal arrest: Security beefed up at PM Modi’s residence ahead of AAP’s ‘Gherao’ call

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police has ramped up security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence following the Aam Aadmi Party’s announcement of a planned “gherao” protest against the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi Minister Gopal Rai had declared intentions to “gherao” the PM’s residence on Tuesday in solidarity with Kejriwal, who was apprehended by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged connection with a money-laundering case linked to a defunct excise policy.

The AAP leader faces accusations of receiving kickbacks from liquor traders and orchestrating the policy’s illicit operations which he refuted accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP-led Centre of “manipulating investigative agencies for political motives”.

As tensions escalate in the national capital ahead of the AAP protests, the Delhi Traffic Police have implemented diversion points and restrictions on key roads to ensure smooth traffic flow amid potential disruptions.

“Commuters must avoid Kemal Ataturk Marg, Safdarjung Road, Akbar Road and Teen Murti Marg on Tuesday given the protest,” an officer said adding “Robust security arrangements have been made. We have installed layers of security to maintain law and order in the area.”

Traffic Advisory

In view of special Law & Order arrangement in New Delhi area on 26.03.2024, traffic will be affected.

Kindly follow the advisory#DPTrafficAdvisory

— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) March 25, 2024

With Section 144 already in effect around the PM’s residence, authorities are prepared to maintain law and order during the anticipated protests. “To ensure smooth traffic management in New Delhi area, no vehicle will be allowed to halt or park anywhere on Tughlak Road, Safdarjung Road and Kemal Ataturk Marg, general entry for public will not be allowed, and vehicles found parked on the above roads shall be towed away and prosecuted for improper parking and disobedience of lawful instructions,” the advisory said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Devesh Kumar Mahla while speaking to news agency ANI said, “No permission has been granted (to AAP for protest). We have made sufficient deployment at the PM residence and Patel Chowk metro station to maintain law and order. No march or demonstration will be allowed. No routes diversions done.”

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