Congress MP from Dahod, Dr Prabha Taviad, who broke down in Parliament today, alleged that Gujarat policemen manhandled her by dragging her by her hair when she tried to enter the venue of a state government organised Gujarat Foundation Day celebration on May 1.
“This is Modi’s fascist rule in the state where elected representatives of the Opposition party are not allowed entry into government organised functions,” she said after the police had detained her.
“At the instance of the chief minister, local policemen not only ill treated Dr Taviad and other Congress leaders, but all of us were taken out of the town in police vehicles in filmy style. What crime we have committed that police treated us so badly?” Dahod Congress MLA Vajesinh Panda told HT.
“More than 100 armed policemen were sent to detain us as if we were some criminals,” he added.
Last year too, in a state government organised function in the presence of chief minister Narendra Modi, Dr Taviad and her supporters were manhandled by the police in Dahod.
Meanwhile, Gujarat in-charge DGP Chitaranjan Singh justified police action against the MP and others saying the lady MP had a “history of disturbing the public functions.”
“Whenever there is government function, she would try to create disturbance. We have intelligence inputs also suggesting that she would create disturbance in the function so the police had taken her away, (sic)” Singh told HT.
Gujarat chief secretary AK Joti feigned ignorance of the whole episode. “I am not aware of any such incident of police manhandling a Congress MP in Dahod. I will have to get the facts from the people concerned,” he said.