Stirred into action by SAES’s blatant online declarations about establishing a technical college for 100s of students in place of Mirambika and the indifference of AICTE and DDA to their written representations and requests for meetings, yesterday late evening about 200 Sarvodaya residents – old & young, children, men & women – held a peaceful candlelight protest march against the technical college from inside the Enclave to Gate Nos 6 & 8 of the Ashram. The protesters were holding ‘Save Sarvodaya – Say No To College’, ‘Say No To Traffic & Parking Chaos’, ‘Land Grabbers Go Back’, ‘Save Mirambika’, etc placards. Some Mirambika & MIS parents and children and some residents of Vijay Mandal & Kalu Sarai also joined them in support. There were impromptu ‘Save Mirambika’ slogan shouting. Some protesters were teary eyed as the fixed candles near the two closed gates. No one came out from the Ashram to talk to the protesters. Independent TV media covered this event with interest.
From SAES’s side Vikrant Abrol was seen tracking and photographing the protest march. He was seen talking animatedly to a few Mirambika parents and he even attempted to talk to the media. It is not known in what capacity was he doing so. Just like the recently busted Dera Ram Rahim, at the closed Gate No 6, a video camera team atop the the guardhouse was seen filming the protesters from inside the Ashram. God knows for what?