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Stopped by cops, Priyanka rides two-wheeler; alleges manhandling

Stopped by cops, Priyanka rides two-wheeler; alleges manhandling
Priyanka on a two-wheeler after she was stopped by police.
LUCKNOW, DEC 28 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:22:47 PM IST

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Saturday accused Lucknow police personnel of grabbing her neck and pushing her to the ground while trying to prevent her from visiting the house of a retired IPS officer who has been arrested for opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The Congress leader claimed that police personnel stopped her cavalcade while she was heading to the house of 76-year-old SR Darapuri, forcing her to hitch a ride on a party worker’s scooter. 

Upon being stopped again at another intersection two kilometres away, she decided to cover the rest of the way to Mr Darapuri’s residence at Sector 18, Indiranagar, on foot.   

“The UP police stopped me while I was going to meet Darapuriji’s family. They grabbed me by the neck and manhandled me. They then surrounded me while I was going on a party worker’s two-wheeler, after which I walked to reach there,” news agency ANI quoted Priyanka Gandhi as saying.

A brief scuffle follows before she is allowed to proceed.

The Congress leader said the police had no reason to stop her in this manner. “They stopped me in the middle of the road! The BJP government is working in a cowardly manner. I am the in-charge of (eastern) Uttar Pradesh Congress and the government is not going to decide where will I go in the state,” she said.

Priyanka Gandhi also rejected arguments that she may have been stopped to preserve the “law and order” situation in the city. “How was the law-and-order scenario going to deteriorate when I was going in a peaceful manner? They do not have the right to stop me. If they want to arrest me, they should do so,” she told reporters after meeting the retired IPS officer’s family.  

The Uttar Pradesh police have denied charges of “manhandling” the Congress leader, claiming that they only stopped her cavalcade because it had strayed from the planned route. “Archana Singh, the policewoman in question, has termed reports that she grabbed Priyanka Gandhi’s neck and pushed her to the ground as completely untrue. She says that she was only trying to fulfil her duty to the best of her abilities,” said Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani.

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