Traffic Comes To Standstill As Dalits Hit Delhi Streets Against Demolition Of Ravidas Mandir
Members of Bhim Army during a rally to protest against the demolishment of Ravidas Mandir in Tughlakabad on the orders of the Supreme Court, in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Traffic Comes To Standstill As Dalits Hit Delhi Streets Against Demolition Of Ravidas Mandir

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A Dalit protest brought the movement of traffic in several parts of Delhi to a standstill, as police personnel struggled to bring the situation under control.

In view of the massive protest against the demolition of a Ravidas temple, the Delhi Traffic Police issued several advisories, urging commuters to avoid stretches which witnessed heavy snarls.

It said traffic moved bumper-to-bumper in entire southeast Delhi, including Greater Kailash, Alaknanda, Sangam Vihar, Klkaji Mnadir, roads leading to Govindpuri, Nehru Place, Badarpur and Noida.

Tension prevailed in the Tughlakabad area in south Delhi after the protest turned violent, prompting police to resort to “mild lathicharge” and use tear gas to disperse the crowd, an official said.

According to the police, the protesters set fire to two motorcycles and vandalised a police vehicle, causing injuries to a few policemen.

"Police lobbed tear gas shells and used mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd. We have detained a few persons,” the senior official said.

The protesters turned violent during their march to the site of the temple demolished by the Delhi Development Authority on Aug. 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.

Dalit outfit Bhim Army claimed its chief Chandrashekhar Azad had been detained and that the police fired at the protesters.

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