Congress Leader Manhandled By Cops During Delhi Protest, The Delhi Police manhandled senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal today while holding Congressmen to prevent them from participating in a protest march.
The Congress planned a march from the party headquarters to the Enforcement Directorate’s offices in support of Rahul Gandhi, who was scheduled to testify before the agency in the National Herald money laundering case.
Despite the fact that the march was set for 10 a.m., the Delhi Police began collecting up Congress workers and leaders early in the morning to prevent the show of force.
The police had refused authorization for the march late last night, citing a “community and law and order crisis” as well as VVIP mobility. Despite congressional petitions, it refused to revisit the ruling.
The activity began this morning around 5:00 a.m. Slogan-shouting Congress workers were forcibly apprehended by police and bundled into buses in dramatic cellphone recordings from across the city.
Venugopal, 59, is shown being forcibly snatched up by a police officer and hauled towards a waiting bus in a video that surfaced later in the day.
“This behaviour of Delhi Police with a sitting Rajya Sabha MP and AICC General Secretary Venugopal is highly condemnable,” said Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV in a tweet.
Venugopal, who was detained along with other Congress leaders, was met by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the Tughlaq Road police station.
The Congress has charged the BJP-led federal government with abusing investigative agencies to target political opponents. The protest march, according to the party, is intended to bring attention to the issue.
Today was also set aside for protests outside of ED offices across the country.
Gandhi has been summoned for interrogation in connection with an investigation into suspected financial irregularities at the party-backed Young Indian, which owns the National Herald newspaper, which was founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi’s great-grandfather. Associated Journals Limited is the publisher of the paper.
Sonia Gandhi, Gandhi’s mother and Congress head, was also summoned, but because to her Covid-positive status, she was given additional time.
She was brought to the hospital with Covid-related problems the day before yesterday. She is stable, according to the party.
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