Police Use Water Cannon on BJP Supporters Protesting Against Water Shortage in Delhi
16:30 GMT 12.07.2021 (Updated: 14:42 GMT 25.10.2022)
© AP Photo / Press Trust of IndiaIndian police use water cannons to disperse activists of opposition Congress party’s youth wing after they jumped police barricades during a protest against the government’s land acquisition bill, in New Delhi, India
© AP Photo / Press Trust of India
Delhi is the world's second-largest city after the Japanese capital Tokyo. According to research platform populationu.com, Delhi is home to a population of more than 30 million. The city's Yamuna River, notorious for how heavily it is polluted, serves as a major water source.
The Delhi Police on Monday used water cannon to disperse supporters of the federally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who were protesting outside the residence of the city's Water Minister Satyendar Jain.
Jain is in charge of several ministries in the Delhi government such as Health, Home, Power, Public Works Department, Industries, Urban Development & Flood, and Irrigation and Water.
The city is ruled by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the federally ruling BJP is its main opposition in the legislative assembly.
On Monday, BJP protesters blamed Delhi's government for not securing a proper water supply in the city during these scorching summer months.
The heated protesters also tried to disconnect the water connection to Jain's house and threatened to disconnect the water supply to Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal's residence if their complaints were not resolved in the next 48 hours, Indian media reported.
After the protest intensified with slogans, the police resorted to using water cannon to move the masses away.