OBC quota: Army chief Bhim and other detainees in MP capital

Bhim’s army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested at the airport on arrival along with 12 to 13 people, although the exact number of detainees was known by late evening, Bhopal police commissioner said. , Makarand Deouskar.

Chief of the army Bhim Chandrashekhar Azad

Bhim’s army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and a dozen others were arrested on Sunday ahead of their intention to gherao (circle) the residence of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in order to request a reservation by 27% for other backward classes, police said.

Azad was arrested at the airport on his arrival with 12 to 13 people, although the exact number of detainees was known late in the evening, Bhopal police commissioner Makarand Deouskar told PTI.

Denying that more than 150 people were detained, he said Azad was in the airport lounge having his meal.

“We arrested around 1,500 protesters and sent them back. We suspect that they were going to assemble in Roshanpura Square from where they were going to go to the house of the Chief Minister, ”added the Commissioner.

Meanwhile, CBO National Secretary General Maha Sabha Tulsiram Patel said they planned to hand over a memorandum to the CM peacefully, but the local administration arrested people and the police manhandled some of them. ‘between them.

“The population of CBOs in MP and India was 65% and 85% respectively, but they don’t get a reservation based on their numbers. The Center says CBOs get a 27% reservation and the state says it grants a 14% quota. However, OBC communities don’t even get 8% reservation, ”he said.

He said the Bhim army and Jai Yuva Adivasi Shakti tribal dress were allies in their struggle for the OBC quota.

In a tweet, Congressman of Deputies leader Kamal Nath supported the unrest and said the state’s BJP government was cracking down on the protest by force despite claiming to be a supporter of the CBOs.

He called on the CBOs, the tribes and the Dalits to continue the fight and pledged the support of Congress.

Responding, Deputy Minister of Urban Development Bhupendra Singh said some people were playing politics on behalf of the OBC quota, adding that the state was striving for a 27% reservation in panchayat polls.

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