After more than 24 hours in detention, after Priyanka Gandhi’s arrest, Deepender Hooda was arrested along with Ajay Kumar Lallu and party MLC Deepak Singh.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi had been stopped on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people died after a car owned by Union MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni allegedly ran over protesting farmers mowing them down brutally.
The Uttar Pradesh Sitapur police arrested Priyanka for more than 24 hours keeping her at a local guest house, and on Tuesday officially arrested her along with ten others, to “prevent the commission of cognizable offenses”.
They were arrested under section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the CrPC. Deepender Hooda and others were terribly manhandled.
Uttar Pradesh Hargaon station house officer (SHO) Brijesh Kumar Tripathi said, “Total of 11 persons have been arrested by us. On Monday around 4.30 am, Priyanka ji was stopped while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri. We told her that you should not go there as the situation is not fine and section 144 CrPC is in effect. She did not listen to us and in proper security presence, we had to take her to a local guest house,” adding that a further course of action will be decided upon by senior officials.
Earlier today Priyanka released a video statement addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a Lucknow visit, and asked if he had seen a video purportedly of the Lakhimpur incident. She then played the video, which shows what looked like a Mahindra Thar coming from behind and running over a group of protestors walking on a road.
She said, “This video shows the son of your minister mowing down farmers under his vehicle. Watch this video and tell the country why this minister hasn’t been suspended and why the boy hasn’t been arrested yet. You have kept opposition leaders like me in arrest without any order of FIR, and I want to know why why this person is free,” she asked.
“Today when you will be sitting at the stage of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Utsav’, please remember that the farmers gave us freedom. Even today our borders are secured by sons of farmers. The farmers are in despair for months and are raising their voice, but you are denying it. I request you to come to Lakhimpur and understand their pain. Providing them security is your dharma, and dharma of the constitution you took oath on,” she said.
Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda tweeted earlier that they are under arrest for the past 36 hours while those running over farmers are roaming free. “Those mowing down farmers are free and we are in police custody for 36 hours. There is mourning in farmer families but utsav (festival) is being celebrated in Lucknow. I want to ask the people if this country if they will support those who run over or fight for those ran over,” he tweeted.
The question is being raised by netizens is that while Priyanka Gandhi and others have readily been arrested, the killers who mowed down eight people in such a terroristic manner are roaming around free and if this is not a jungle raj, then what is?