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Yogendra Yadav arrested, claims he was “dragged and hit”

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New Delhi: Yogendra Yadav, former AAP leader and founder-member of farmer rights group Swaraj Abhiyan, was arrested on Tuesday. He claimed that he was “dragged and hit”, a charge which the police denied.

Photo credit: thehindu.com
Photo credit: thehindu.com

Yadav and many fellow activists of the group were arrested around 1 a.m. from Jantar Mantar, where they held a protest, demanding adequate compensation for farmers affected by the land bill as well as those hit by crop loss.

Yadav’s aide, Anil Kumar Maurya told IANS that they had taken prior permission from the Delhi police commissioner to hold the protest till Monday and were told the permission may be extended.

However, police said Yadav was permitted to hold the protest only on Sunday and Monday, but Yadav continued his protest early Tuesday without permission.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijay Singh told IANS that when police asked Yadav to end his protest, he wrote another letter to police asking for permission to continue his protest till Friday, the eve of Independence Day on August 15.

“Considering the Independence Day and the terror threats, we did not allow him to continue the protest. But he challenged the police and continued his protest. Later, he was arrested and kept in parliament street police station,” Singh said.

Singh said that allegations made by Yogendra Yadav were false. “There was no manhandling. Our police officers only tried to persuade them to end their protest. The protestors were not beaten up.”

Yadav and 85 other protesters will be kept in custody till Tuesday evening as they threatened to march up to the prime minister’s house, he added.

But Yadav insisted that he was manhandled by police. “I have been dragged, hit and pushed into a police van. Still don’t know my crime,” he tweeted.

Yadav’s aide, Maurya, said they were holding “a protest outside the police station since 2 a.m. after Yogendra Yadav was arrested.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter and condemned the police action.

“I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendraji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right,” he said.

(IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)