NEW DELHI: Activist Yogendra Yadav, who spent a night in police custody after being detained late last night from a farmer protest, has now been arrested along with 90 others. He was dragged by policemen this morning as he tried to speak to the media.
Yogendra Yadav And 90 Others Arrested, Arvind Kejriwal Condemns Police Action :
Yogendra Yadav and 90 Others Arrested, Arvind Kejriwal Condemns Police Action
Mr. Yadav had barely started speaking when he and his supporters were pushed away by personnel at the police station where he was kept all night.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) colleague, tweeted: “I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right.”
The 51-year-old activist, who was expelled from the ruling party earlier this year, alleged that he was “beaten up, manhandled” at the police station. Tweeting a picture of himself with a torn sleeve as proof of his allegations, he said,
Mr. Yadav, who founded the Swaraj Abhiyan along with lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, alleged that he had rushed to the protest site after learning about a police crackdown on farmers who were holding a “peaceful” protest. “We found out just now that police has tried to stop our (ploughshare) satyagraha with heavy force. We are not doing anything wrong,” he told the reporters.
Mr. Yadav alleged that he was later bundled into a police van along with other demonstrators and taken to the police station. He has been leading a protest by farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan against the government’s proposal to change the way farm land is acquired for infrastructure projects.
They had led a ‘tractor protest’ near the Delhi border on Sunday night, where police had prevented the tractors from entering the city. The protesters had continued on to Jantar Mantar in the heart of New Delhi.