Residents of Park View Residency and Mahendra Aura had blocked the Palam Vihar road in protest about 10 days back to demand better air quality, but instead of being empathetic, Gurgaon Police lodged FIRs against 50 of them.
Hounded by Gurgaon Police, the residents of Park View Residency and Mahendra Aura have decided to approach the courts for anticipatory bail. A named FIR was registered against 50 residents by the police, their only “crime” being that they had taken out a protest and blocked the Palam Vihar Road demanding a check on air pollution.
The residents will first meet Rao Narbir Singh, minister for PWD. They will also seek anticipatory bail against the FIR registered in their name. These 50 residents have been booked on charges of rioting, unlawful assembly, obstructing public servants in discharge of public functions, danger or obstruction in a public way or line of navigation, and wrongful restraint under sections IPC 147, 149, 186,283, 341 and 569.
Residents of both the societies are disgruntled by the attitude of Gurgaon Police, who, on October 20, the day of the protest, had promised them their support but later registered an FIR against them.
Gurgaon Police has been visiting these societies for the past two days, enquiring about the addresses of the residents named in the FIR from society guards.
"The police just want to harass us, because we have filed a complaint against the SHO to the sub-divisional magistrate. This could be a pressure-laying act, but we have faith in our legal system and are confident, as we have not done anything wrong," said Vikas Dhull, a resident.
"Our complaint to the SDM is genuine, and we will approach the court for bail against the FIR registered by the police," said Mansi Talwar, a resident of Park View Residency.
The sections in the FIR were slammed, as residents had blocked the Palam Vihar road out of sheer frustration at the air pollution levels.