The leader of India's opposition party has denounced the special detention powers introduced by the government last month.
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Background: The leader of India's opposition party has denounced the special detention powers introduced by the government last month. Chandra Shekhar said on Friday (10 October) that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was trying to arm the executive with more and more powers because her system of government had failed.
SYNOPSIS: In an angry demonstration against the new preventive detention law, thousands of Janata Party members took to the streets of New Delhi on Saturday (11 October). The marchers, also protesting against rising prices, attempted to reach the presidential palace. Police stopped them with cordons of rope and there were some violent scuffles.
The Janata Party leader said Mrs Gandhi's government -- faced with rising prices and law and order problems -- had lost credibility. He claimed it could only harm itself if it tried to rule by strengthening its armour with more rigorous powers. He told supporters not to panic over the security measures.
Opposition groups in the western state of Maharashtra have called for a general strike on Wednesday (15 October) over the new preventive detection powers. Mrs gandhi claims the issue's being raised to incite the people against her government. under the national security ordinance, detainees will be told within a maximum of ten days why they are being held. They will have the right to appeal. This right was denied to them during Mrs Gandhi's previous emergency government. Thousands of her political opponents were detained during that time.