//250 pro-reservation activists block traffic; detained

250 pro-reservation activists block traffic; detained

May 29, 2006, PTI

MUMBAI: Nearly 250 pro-reservation activists were detained when they blocked traffick at the busy Hutatma chowk in south Mumbai on Monday, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Naval Bajaj said that they were later released on bonds.

According to police sources, the activists, who were scattered in the area around Hutatma chowk, blocked traffic all of a sudden, after holding demonstrations in the area in support of the reservation policy of the Union Government.

A pro-reservation demonstration was held on May 16 at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, led by Pankaj and Sameer Bhujbal, the son and nephew respectively of Maharashtra Public Works Minister Chagan Bhujbal.

Police sources said south-bound vehicular traffic was disrupted for a while following the demonstration, but was restored soon after the activists were detained.