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Posted at: Nov 4, 2019, 7:08 AM; last updated: Nov 4, 2019, 7:08 AM (IST)

Cong men detained during protest at CM’s residence

Cong men detained during protest at CM’s residence
DPCC chief Subhash Chopra, Congress leader JP Agarwal and other party activists protest against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal near his residence in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

New Delhi, November 3

Delhi Congress president Subhash Chopra and several other leaders of the party were detained by the police on Sunday during a protest at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence against the high levels of air pollution in the city.

The protesters were detained after they attempted to sit on a dharna outside Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence. Besides Chopra, former Delhi Congress president JP Agarwal and other senior leaders were detained and taken to the Civil Lines police station.

Around 40 protesters were detained and released subsequently, a Delhi Police officer said. "People are facing a severe air pollution due to the inaction and failure of the AAP government in Delhi and the BJP-ruled Centre as well as the city's municipal corporations," Chopra said during the demonstration.

Delhi had become a gas chamber and people dreaded to come out of their houses, he added. The pollution levels peaked to a three-year high in Delhi on Sunday. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital stood at 494 at 4 pm, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497.

Chopra claimed that 41 per cent of Delhi's pollution was on account of vehicular traffic, 18.6 per cent due to industrial pollution, 4.9 per cent due to power plants, 9.5 per cent because of waste burning, 5.6 per cent due to air traffic and 11 per cent from other sources, which were all internally generated in the city. — PTI

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