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Delhi chief minister says calling off sit-in protest

Published on Jan 21, 2014 10:54 PM
New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal smiles as he sits during a protest in the streets of New Delhi, on Jan 20, 2014. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014, called off his sit-in protest to demand police reforms that has seen him run the city from a pavement near the home ministry. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his sit-in protest demanding police reforms that has seen him run the city from a pavement for the last two days. 

Mr Kejriwal told a crowd that two policemen he wanted suspended for misconduct would be sent on leave, but he failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control.

He said that the lieutenant-governor of Delhi, an appointee of the central government, had appealed to him to end his protest, which turned violent on Tuesday.

“After the lieutenant governor’s appeal, we all have decided to end our protest here today,” Mr Kejriwal told a crowd of cheering supporters after dark on Tuesday.

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