New Delhi: The national forum of Jains held a day-long dharna at Jantar Mantar to protest the forcible arrest of a Jain monk in Meerut who was observing a hunger strike demanding closure of slaughter houses in the city.

The protesters demanded an apology from the Mayawati Government. They also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the President of India asking her to pressurize the Uttar Pradesh government to tender apology.

Jay Bhagwan Goyal head Rashtravadi Jain Manch recalled how the UP police hurt the religious sentiments of Jains while forcibly admitting the fasting monk to a hospital.

“Jain monks don’t use vehicles whereas Prabhu Sagar was taken into a vehicle after his arrest. Not only this, he was given glucose forcibly in the evening,” Goyal said.

The Rashtravadi Jain Manch also announced that a foot march would be held on Thursday from India Gate to Rajghat to protest the police action.