Police in India have arrested 11 activists and banned the movement of more than 1,500 people from marching in central New Delhi on Monday, following weeks of unrest.
The arrest of the activists, who were allegedly part of a ‘population’ of activists who planned a rally on Sunday, comes a day after an attack on a rally by anti-government protesters killed 15 people and injured more than 100 others.
The activists, a group of people from different religious and cultural backgrounds who were protesting against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were detained after the group started marching from Kalyan in north-east Delhi towards the capital on Saturday, police said in a statement.
They were arrested at their bus stop in the middle of the march and taken to the nearby police station for questioning, it said.
The rally on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday had been scheduled to include more than 500 protesters from various groups, including the Muslim Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (MRSS), which has organised the rally in the past.