'I've been manhandled': Yadav tweets after his detention

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 14:13 IST
Sawraj Abhiyan party leader Yogender Yadav launched a protest at Delhi Race course on July 26, demanding that the site be converted as a memorial to farmers, and that a 'Kisan Haat' should be established (PTI Photo)

Activist Yogendra Yadav was detained by Delhi Police late on Monday night from the site of a farmers' protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Swaraj Abhiyan member Yadav tweeted a picture of himself in a torn shirt, claiming he had been beaten up, manhandled and "arrested at the Parliament Street police station".

Earlier, a 'tractor march' for the cause of farmers' rights was organised by the Swaraj Abhiyan group led by Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. The protesters were prevented from placing a "plough" in a symbol of protest outside the Prime Minister's residence.

Bhushan, who is also Yadav's lawyer, tweeted that he was not allowed to enter the police station where Yadav was detained.

"Illegally detained for 4 hours, police not even allowing YY to meet me as his lawyer, in violation of SC orders which mandates legal access."

Scores of farmers from across the country had planned to place an installation in front of the Prime Minister's residence as a symbol of protest against the Delhi Race Course, which they want to be converted into a farmers' memorial.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to describe Yadav's protest as a peaceful one and condemned the incident.

"I strongly condemn the treatment metted out to Yogendraji by Delhi police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right."

Both Bhushan and Yadav were expelled by the AAP

(With inputs from PTI)

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