The Delhi Police has arrested former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav for holding protests against the Land Bill without permission. Dramatic scenes were witnessed outside Parliament Street police station in Delhi on August 10 night after the Swaraj Abhiyan member was dragged and detained for keeping up their protest even as their allotted time for protest was supposed to end on August 10 evening .
Yadav along with farmers were detained by the Delhi Police from Jantar Mantar. While the Swaraj Abhiyan member claimed that they were having a peaceful protest and had the permission for the same, the police has maintained that they were permitted to hold the protest Ausgust 10 evening . The Delhi Police also maintained that Yadav and his supporters were told to leave Jantar Mantar keeping in mind the security concerns over Independence Day. In a surprising move, the protest drew support from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal just a few months after the two leaders parted ways after a bitter feud. “I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right,” he tweeted .
Yadav’s fellow Swaraj Abhiyan member Prashant Bhushan also got into a verbal altercation with the police. Questioning the move, he called the move ‘illegal’. “What is his crime? Yadav has been illegally detained,” he said.
The Swaraj Abhiyan group led by AAP rebels Yadav and Bhushan had said that they will keep protesting till Independence Day after they were prevented from placing a “plough” in a symbol of protest outside the Prime Minister’s residenc
Yadav claimed Delhi Police manhandled and beat him. “I have been beaten up, manhandled, dragged, pushed and arrested at the Parliament Street police station,” he tweeted along with a picture of himself.
Yadav was arrested while he was leading a protest by farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan at Jantar Mantar against the government’s proposal to change the way farm land is acquired for infrastructure projects..