Excise Case: Police detain 50 AAP workers, leaders amid protest over Sisodia's questioning
New Delhi, February 26: Delhi Police on Sunday detained as many as 50 workers and leaders of the ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) after CBI started questioning Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with an alleged excise policy scam.
According to Delhi police, AAP workers and prominent leaders, including Sanjay Singh, were detained for allegedly violating Section 144 of the CrPC. "A total 50 persons, including 42 men and 8 women, were detained."
Those arrested included Trilok Puri MLA Rohit Kumar Mehraulia, Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohnia, Kondli MLA Kuldeep Singh, Rohtash Nagar ex-MLA Sarita Singh, and Delhi minister Gopal Rai.
The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister was summoned to the CBI headquarters on Lodhi Road.
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"As per SB input and local intelligence, there was an apprehension of a large gathering of supporters, voters and leaders of AAP at CGO. All arrangements, including deployment of personnel, had been in place since Saturday," Delhi Police stated.
According to the police, a few AAP leaders and supporters gathered with the intention of crossing the barricade and demonstrating near the CBI office.
"However, they were stopped and not allowed to cross the barricade. They sat on the main road, obstructing traffic, around 12.25 pm. They were requested to vacate the place as Section 144 of CrPC was in force in the area. But they continued sitting and shouting slogans," a Delhi police official added.