New Delhi, Sep 8 : Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav was manhandled and than detained in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu on Saturday while on his way to take part in a protest against the proposed Rs. 10,000 crore Chennai-Salem eight-lane green corridor project.He had flown down to the state to meet farmers, public and address a meeting arranged by local activists.His mobile phone was also snatched and was pushed into the police van.
Yadav, psephologist-turned-politician founded Swaraj India in 2015 after he was evicted from the Aam Aadmi Party for taking on Arvind Kejriwal.
Social activist Yadav launched the Jai Kisan Andolan, a campaign for farmers’ rights, last year.
In tweets, Yadav, 55, alleged that the police stopped him from meeting farmers, accusing the cops of manhandling.
“TN police has detained me and team in Chengam PS, Thiru Annamalai district. We came on the invitation of Movement Against 8Lane Way. We were prevented from going to meet farmers, phones snatched, manhandled and pushed into police van. First hand experience of police state in TN!” tweeted Yadav.
He alleged that he was arrested minutes after he spoke to a senior district official over the phone about complaints of forced acquisition of land for the expressway and police excesses.
“I had spoken to Mr Kandasamy, Collector, Thiru Annamalai about acquisition and complains of police excesses for 8 lane way. He completely denied any police interference. Within minutes of the phone call police detained us,” Yadav tweeted.
Status of acquisition process:
Notice issued, objections invited, govt yet to settle objections. So, no final decision on acquisition yet.
Still police and administration is pressuring farmers to accept, refusing to allow gram sabha resolutions and harassing anyone who protests. pic.twitter.com/yQrE0df6Zr
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018