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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.

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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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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)