Protesters evicted from Delhi’s Jantar Mantar after NGT ban, to ‘continue fight

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On Monday, at around 6:30 am, officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council, assisted by the Delhi Police, evicted the 17-odd groups of protesters from Jantar Mantar in compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s orders banning demonstrations in the neighbourhood.

These evicted protesters, however, are left wondering where do they continue their fight for justice, as the North MCD charges Rs 50,000 per day to use the suggested alternative site of Ramlila Grounds, and doesn’t have toilets, and other facilities like Jantar Mantar.

“Do they expect women to go (defecate) in the open? They also expect us to pay Rs 50,000 per day to exercise our constitutional rights, which is neither affordable nor right. Also, if noise pollution is a concern at Jantar Mantar, it would be a bigger issue there, as there are three hospitals in the vicinity,” said major general Satbir Singh, Sena Medal awardee, protesting for one rank one pension (OROP).