Pune Police wants to cancel Kanhaiya Kumar's rally scheduled for April 24?
Kanhaiya Kumar is scheduled to hold rally in Pune on April 24.
Pune: The Pune Police has asked organisers of the rally of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar to fulfill certain pre-conditions for permission for the event.
Kanhaiya Kumar is scheduled to hold a rally in Pune on April 24.
According to Progressive Students Youth Action Committee, which has invited Kumar, the notice given by the Pune Police was a ruse to deny permission.
"We had decided to hold the event on the premises of Rashtra Seva Dal and had sought permission from police. Police served us a notice late last night (April 20), and we have been asked to fulfil certain pre-conditions," said Girish Phonde, a member of the organising committee.
The organisers have been asked by the police to conduct "fire and structural audit" of the venue, which has the sitting capacity of not more than 400.
They have also been warned of a chaos if more people turn up at the event.
It also asked the organisers to provide enough parking space, and warned of law and order issues because of anti-social elements in the area.
Phonde alleged that these were "pressurising tactics" and a ruse to deny the permission.
"We are determined to hold the rally and more and more people will attend it. We are thinking of changing the venue," he said.
On April 21, police issued a fresh notice saying the permission will be denied if the conditions were not fulfilled, he said.
A senior police official told PTI, "We are committed to giving adequate security to the event to avoid untoward incidents. But the organisers should fulfil the conditions as asked by the local police station."
When organisers applied for permission four to five days ago, they had not mentioned the venue, he said.
"After we came to know about the venue, we visited the place and found that it's a very congested area and that's why certain preconditions were prescribed," he said.
(With PTI inputs)