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Noida cops arrest RTI activist

NOIDA: A leading RTI activist, Arvind Kejriwal and 50 other activists were allegedly beaten up by Noida Police for “causing disturbance” outside the assistant registrar’s office at Sector 33 in Noida on Friday. Kejriwal and seven others, including NRI Gaurav Bakshi, were arrested. However, when they were being taken to Dasna jail after being produced in court, the police van returned midway and all charges were dropped against them. The police, however, described the chain of events as “normal” and according to the rulebook.

Kejriwal and another social activist, Swati, said Gaurav Bakshi, who recently returned from the US, and his wife had adopted a baby girl and wanted to get a birth registration done. “The birth registrar asked for a bribe of Rs 6,000, which Bakshi refused. The registrar therefore refused to give the certificate. We decided to protest outside the registrar’s office on Saturday. We were demonstrating peacefully near a parking lot when the Noida police lead by a DSP all of a sudden charged at us. There were no female cops, yet even the women activists were beaten up with batons,” claimed Swati. She said Kejriwal was slapped, while the other protesters were thrown on the ground and beaten up with batons.

Kejriwal, Bakshi and six others were arrested and produced before a city magistrate. “We had to detain the protesters as it was becoming a law and order problem. We did not misbehave with anyone,” claimed an officer at Sector 24 police station officer. “We have acted according to the situation,” said circle officer Vikas Tripathi.

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