As 150 people tried to proceed towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to protest against demonetisation, they were detained on Saturday by the police. Students from various universities, workers and women from different parts of the city participated in the protest rally against note ban.
Reportedly, the students who participated in the rally were from various varsities like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Ambedkar University.
Reportedly, Left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA) organised Saturday’s march and claimed that workers from Wazirpur, Noida, Narela and other industrial areas of the city had come to lend their support for the march. On Saturday, the march started from Mandi House and proceeded towards Janpath.
“We are all demanding that the move of demonetisation be rolled back. This move has created an emergency-like situation in the country and it is becoming clear that the net gainers from this exercise are the corporate houses whose loans are being waived off,” said Sucheta De, AISA National President. The group further added that they weren’t allowed to move ahead and were detained by Delhi Police.
They further added that demonetisation has become a nightmare for the common people of the country. By spending hours outside banks and ATMs, workers are losing a day’s work and are obviously not being compensated for their loss of hard earned income by the government, they said.
“Those who have money stashed in Swiss and Panama accounts are sleeping soundly nevertheless even as the rest of the population is standing in queues,” said Kavita Krishnan of All National Secretary of India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA).