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Bhim Army chief claims ‘arrest’ by Mumbai Police

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Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad, on Friday alleged high-handed behaviour by the Mumbai Police. He also claimed that he was arrested.

Mr. Azad, who came to Mumbai to hold a rally in Worli, was denied permission for the same by the Mumbai Police. He has since been staying in a hotel in Malad.

On Friday evening, Mr Azad posted a video on Twitter saying he was not being allowed to leave his hotel. The short video clip shows Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone XII) Vinay Kumar Rathod and Mr. Azad outside the hotel. Mr. Rathod is heard asking him to go back inside.

He later posted another video of him waving to supporters from his hotel room window. Around an hour later, he tweeted in Hindi saying he had been “arrested at Chaityabhoomi”. A ‘live’ video was also posted by the Bhim Army Facebook page, in which Mr. Azad and his supporters are seen inside a vehicle with several uniformed policemen.

“We are being arrested and the police have behaved in a very bad manner with us. We will not bow down to this dictatorial behaviour,” Mr. Azad is seen saying in the video.

The video goes on for ten minutes, during which time Mr. Azad and his supporters are seen raising slogans, at the end of which some men off screen — believed to be policemen — are heard telling them to stop the video and switch off their phones.

Mr. Rathod as well as Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti could not be reached for comments.

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