I was arrested and beaten up by police, alleges Yogendra Yadav

Arvind Kejriwal extends support to the protestors.

August 11, 2015 10:21 am | Updated March 29, 2016 02:37 pm IST - New Delhi

Activist Yogendra Yadav has alleged that he was beaten up at a police station after being arrested at a farmer protest at Jantar Mantar during the wee hours of Tuesday.

Mr. Yadav took to Twitter to make the allegations as he also posted his picture in a torn shirt.

He claimed a total of 96 protesters were “arrested” from a “peaceful satyagraha”. Police, however, said no arrests have been made and that 85 protesters have been held in “preventive detention”.

Vijay Singh, DCP (New Delhi), said the allegations of Mr. Yadav being beaten up were false. “These are rumours being spread by them. We picked up their leader (Mr.Yadav) and the others followed. No force was used,” said the DCP.

News channels showed Mr. Yadav being forcibly removed by some policemen while he was speaking to the media this morning. The protesters continued to be detained till late Tuesday morning.

The protesters had obtained permission for demonstrating at Jantar Mantar for two days, i.e., Sunday and Monday. Police said that late on Monday night Mr. Yadav and his supporters put forward a letter saying they wanted to continue the protests till August 14.

“That demand was unacceptable since Independence Day is nearby. We removed the protesters after we learnt that they would try marching to the PM House,” said the DCP.

Mr. Yadav’s former colleague and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal showed solidarity with the protesters through a tweet.

Mr. Yadav has been leading a farmers’ protest against the government's proposal to change the way farm land is acquired for infrastructure projects.

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