Yadav gets Kejriwal backing over detention
“I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right,” tweeted Kejriwal. He demanded that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh look into the matter. “I appeal to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in this and ask for a report on the issue,” said Kejriwal.
However, senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, who went to extend his support and meet Yadav in the police station, was shooed away by his supporters. The protesting farmers requested Singh not to politicise the issue and leave the place while some people were seen pushing Singh out and shouting ‘Sanjay Singh go back’ slogans.
The police said they have made “preventive arrests” under Sections 107 (action where breach of the peace or disturbance is apprehended) and 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of <g data-gr-id="30">cognisable</g> offences) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
According to a senior police officer, the permission for <g data-gr-id="36">protest</g> at Jantar Mantar was granted for two days — Sunday and Monday. “They had applied to extend the permission till August 14 which was rejected due to increased security in view of Independence Day,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, senior advocate and Swaraj Abhiyan member Prashant Bhushan filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court contending that no lawyer was allowed to meet Yadav, who was released before the case came up for hearing.
AAP MP from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi and AAP MLA from Timarpur Pankaj Pushkar also extended their support to Yadav.
After Yadav was released from Mandir Marg police station, he decided to march up to Parliament street police station along with his supporters.