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Police clash with supporters of 'anarchist' Delhi minister

Published on Jan 21, 2014 7:29 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian riot police armed with batons beat back dozens of supporters of Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday to prevent them from joining the self-declared anarchist at a sit-in protest.

On the second day of his dramatic showdown with the capital's police force, Mr Kejriwal ruled out all talk of negotiations and then watched his supporters try and storm the barricades sealing off the protest site outside the home ministry.

The police drove back around 100 of them using sticks known as lathis, leaving many with cuts and bruises but no immediate sign of serious injuries.

The clashes came after Mr Kejriwal, a grassroots anti-corruption crusader before coming to power last month, vowed to escalate a campaign which opponents have dismissed as a publicity stunt.

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