Arrest of Tibetans shame on democracy: BJP

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 18:02

New Delhi: The preventive arrest of around 300 Tibetans during the BRICS summit here had its echo in Rajya Sabha on Thursday with BJP terming it "shame for democracy" and violation of fundamental rights of people.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Balbir Punj (BJP) said
it was with a "heavy heart" that he had to say that Delhi
Police has trampled upon the people`s right to move in the
name of summit.

"What is happening in these areas is a shame for
democracy. Three hundred innocent people were taken to jail
under preventive custody.

Two persons were picked up from Press Club," Punj said adding these occurred in the country "while we shout for the rights of Palestinians and Sri Lankan Tamils."

He said that three colonies particularly of "refugees"
Majnu Ka Tila, Buddha Vihar and Tibetan Refugee Camp have
been turned into police camps.

"When this type of conference is being hosted, it should
not become a source of punishment for citizens of Delhi. Do
they have to pay penalty...peoples` fundamental right to move
out has been trampled by Delhi Police...just because the head
of a country is coming...just to placate him," Punj said
without naming the Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Joining the issue, Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP) raised
the issue of discrimination faced by the people hailing from
the North Eastern region particularly from Manipur in Delhi.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 18:02

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