New Delhi: Delhi Police today acted tough against striking truckers and invoked the stringent National Security Act against six persons, including leaders of transporters, for continuing with the strike and disrupting supplies of essential commodities.
The decision to invoke the provisions of NSA came a day after the Delhi Government asked the police to explore the possibility of invoking the Act against agitators to normalise the situation.
The NSA was imposed on all the six arrested members of the All India Motors Transport Congress (AIMTC), including its President Charan Singh Lohara and Secretary S Venugopal, who were remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a court here.
They were produced at the residence of Metropolitan Magistrate J P Nahar who sent them to judicial custody till 24 January, Lohara’s lawyer P K Sharma told PTI.
The lawyer said he came to know about the invocation of the NSA when the AIMTC President was produced before the court.
All the six members of the association were arrested yesterday for violating provisions of the Haryana Essential Services Maintenance Act.
A top official of the Delhi Government said “we had asked Delhi Police to clamp NSA against those who have crippled city’s supply line of essential commodities”.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting in which the top Delhi Police officials were present, the officer said.
Meanwhile, those arrested have moved their bail application on which the hearing will be held on January 12.