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Protestors create ruckus on road, block traffic , damage car

By, Gurugram
May 16, 2022 05:07 PM IST

Hundreds of members from the Ahir community led by the Sanyukt Ahir Regiment Morcha, which is spearheading the demand for a separate regiment for the Yadavs in the Indian Army, poured onto the streets on Sunday, blocked traffic and vandalised a car on a service lane of NH48 near Hero Honda Chowk

Hundreds of members from the Ahir community led by the Sanyukt Ahir Regiment Morcha, which is spearheading the demand for a separate regiment for the Yadavs in the Indian Army, poured onto the streets on Sunday, blocked traffic and vandalised a car on a service lane of NH48 near Hero Honda Chowk.

Members of the Ahir community took out a rally from Kherki Daula toll plaza to Iffco Chowk on Sunday. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Members of the Ahir community took out a rally from Kherki Daula toll plaza to Iffco Chowk on Sunday. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The protestors took out a rally from Kherki Daula to Iffco chowk and disrupted traffic movement on the way back. More than 1,200 police personnel were deployed at all traffic diversion routes and NH-48 from 7am to 7pm to manage the law and order situation and streamline vehicular movement.

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Commuters faced a lot of difficulties throughout the day at several stretches connecting to NH-48. A number of commuters were desperate, looking for public transport. Some people also walked with their luggage in the absence of buses and autos.

Two families, who were travelling from Jaipur to Delhi airport, missed their flight as they got stuck in traffic. Karan Singh, a marble businessman from Jaipur in Rajasthan, said he planned a trip to Coorg along with his wife and another couple. “We were not aware of the protest. We were running a bit late but then we got stuck for over an hour in traffic and missed our flight,” he said.

Sapna Singh, a resident of DLF Phase 1 who was returning from Manesar along with her children, said it was scary how the protesters were behaving and passing obscene remarks. “My children got scared and started crying when they started knocking our glass windows. The authorities should not give them permission to plan such a protest. Despite heavy police deployment, the protestors were creating ruckus and misbehaving on road.”

Ravinder Kumar Tomar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said congestion was reported from the IMT Manesar area, Rampura crossing and other areas connecting to NH-48. “Our teams were deployed at all locations and diversions to help commuters. The vehicle flow was smooth at all the diversion routes,” said Tomar.

Meanwhile, a resident of DLF Phase 3, who was returning home around 4.30pm on Sunday, alleged the protestors stood in front of her car and intercepted her way. When she requested them to move, they started shouting slogans and smashed her car in the service lane near Rajiv Chowk.

After the woman lodged a complaint, police registered a case against unidentified people under sections 147 (riot), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) 342 (wrongful confinement) and 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the IPC at Shivaji Nagar police station on Sunday.

Deepak Saharan, deputy commissioner of police (west), said traffic congestion was reported from NH-48 but not for a very long time. “Despite issuing an advisory, the commuters did not use the diversions and took the main carriageway and got stuck. The protestors blocked the vehicles forcefully and were not letting them pass but our teams controlled the situation and decongested the stretch,” he said.

Saharan said they are conducting an investigation and will arrest the suspects, who allegedly smashed the window glass of the woman’s car.

Vinod Numberdar, a member of Sanyukt Ahir Regiment Morcha, said they peacefully took out a rally and returned to their base at Kherki Daula and are not aware of the suspects who indulged in violent activities. “We are suspecting that hooligans intentionally entered our rally... We are trying to identify them from pictures shared on the social media groups; none of them are members of our morcha. We will continue to press our demand for a separate Ahir regiment in the Indian army,” said Numberdar.

Sube Singh Bohra, a member of the morcha, said hundreds of members from across south Haryana and neighbouring states joined the protest and they are planning to take out another rally next month after holding discussing with their counterparts from other states.

“We have been fighting for our country since the Mughal period and we have never been rewarded...We are just demanding a regiment of our people. If all communities can have a regiment of their own, why this discrimination against us? We will organise larger protests if our demands not met,”said Bohra.

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