A Congress MP from Gujarat, Prabha Kishor Taviad, broke down in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as a party colleague recounted how Taviad was allegedly assaulted and dragged by her hair by the Gujarat police to prevent her from reaching the venue of a state government function.
Congress leader Girija Vyas, who spoke on behalf of the MP, said the MP and some others were prevented from going to the function where she was invited, stopped, assaulted and detained for several hours by the police, apparently at the instance of the state's political leadership.
"There are injury marks all over her body," Vyas said, accusing the police of misbehaviour and dragging the MP by the hair on Tuesday.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the incident as narrated by Vyas was "serious" and promised to ascertain the "truth" from Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and apprise the House of the facts.
The MP has also filed a formal complaint with the Lok Sabha Speaker.
"More than 100 armed policemen were sent to detain us as if we were some criminals," Dahod Congress MLA Vajesinh Pandha told HT in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat chief secretary AK Joti said he wasn't "aware of any such incident of police manhandling" the MP.
Gujarat in charge DGP Chitaranjan Singh justified removal of the MP and others saying she had a “history of disturbing the public functions”.
"Whenever there is government function, she would try to create disturbance. We had intelligence inputs also suggesting that she would create disturbance in the function so the police had taken her away," Singh told HT, defending the police.