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Congress hits street against land bill

Congress hits street against land bill
The Congress on Monday hit the streets protesting against the land acquisition bill as over 500 party workers, including women, were detained when they broke barricades while marching towards parliament.

Youth Congress workers, joined by senior party leaders like Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel and Oscar Fernandes, marched towards parliament raising slogans against the bill and the central government.

Police said the number of protesters was around 4,000 and as they reached Parliament Street -- a few hundred metres from parliament -- the crowd turned aggressive and broke barricades put up by police.

Some protesters climbed atop the barricades and waved party flags. They also indulged in sloganeering.

Policemen in riot gear used water cannons and batons to force the crowd to retreat while some were detained. Over 500 protesters were detained, including Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh.
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