Police arrested more than a thousand people during a demonstration in New Delhi, India, on Monday (2 September), called to protest about the demolition of unauthorised housing in the city.
GV Demonstrators arrive near Patel Crossing
GV and SV Police barricade (2 shots)
GV PAN demonstrators shouting
SV Banners and flags (2 shots)
SV Riot police dragging away demonstrators (3 shots)
SV Riot police arresting man
SV Demonstrators being put into police van
SV Demonstrators scuffling with police
SV PAN Members of Parliament walking toward demonstrators
GV PAN Busload of demonstrators, driving off
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Background: Police arrested more than a thousand people during a demonstration in New Delhi, India, on Monday (2 September), called to protest about the demolition of unauthorised housing in the city. More than 5000 demonstrators attempted to march on Parliament Houses had received water and electricity services from authority departments.
The demonstration was organised by India's Right-wing Jan Sangh Party, and a number of party officials - stronger - demonstrations if the demolition work continues.
The Delhi Development Authority recently began pulling down houses, considered fairly expensive by Indian standards, because they were built without proper planning permission. Many of the demolished houses had received water and electricity services from authority departments.
SYNOPSIS: Five thousand demonstrators headed for Parliament House in New Delhi, India, on Monday to protest about the demolition of unauthorised houses in the city.
However, the progress of the demonstrators was halted some distance from the House... by barricades manned by riot police. Their aim was to keep the protest as far from the House as possible.
The barricades angered the protesters. Who were soon clashing with the police.
In the melee which followed, more than one thousand people were arrested and bundled into a convoy of police wagons. At times the scuffles were violent. Women were involved in the clashes - on both the demonstrators' and police sides.
The demonstration was organised by India's Right-wing Jan Sangh Party, which threatened even stronger protests if the demolitions were not stopped by Delhi's Development Authority. Among those arrested were a number of party officials.
At one stage, Members of Parliament, including some from Jan Sangh, walked toward the demonstrators.
The Development Authority raised public anger when it began demolishing houses built without proper planning permission. Some dwellings were reasonably expensive by Indian standards and had obtained water and electricity from authority departments.