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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Theatre artistes held on suspicion

Two members of Asmita theatre group, which has been organising skits as part of the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare, were on Friday picked up from Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place for questioning by the Delhi Police following a call claiming they bore resemblance to Delhi High Court suspects, whose sketches had earlier been released.

The artistes were allowed to go by the police after verification of their antecedents.

“The theatre group members were on their way back after performing a skit when they were intercepted and taken to the area police station,” said an India Against Corruption representative.

According to the police, someone spotted the two persons, both clad in black, loitering around the Barakhamba Road Metro Station and called up claiming that they bore resemblance to the blast suspects. The artistes were kept at the police station for a few hours. Theatre group head Arvind Gaur reached the police station and lodged a protest, seeking their immediate release.

They were finally let off late in the evening.

“There was a delay as the Station House Officer was at a meeting chaired by the area Joint Commissioner of Police,” admitted a police officer.


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