Barricades put to avoid untoward situation: Police
The road to AICC headquarters here was blocked on Wednesday with the Congress alleging the party was “under siege” while the police said barricades have been erected and its personnel deputed to avoid any untoward situation.
This came soon after ED temporarily sealed the premises of Young Indian (YI) in the Congress-owned National Herald office as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation. A notice affixed under signature of the ED investigating officer outside YI office space said it cannot be opened “without prior permission” from the agency.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh shared a video showing heavy police presence outside the AICC headquarters here and the road sealed for traffic. The barricades were later removed. “Delhi Police blocking the road to AICC Headquarters has become a norm rather than an exception! Why have they just done so is mysterious…,” Ramesh tweeted.
“The Congress is under siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the worst form of vendetta politics. We will not submit! We will not be silenced! We will continue to raise our voice against injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!,” he said in another tweet.
A senior Delhi police officer said, “We have received inputs from our special branch that some protesters might gather at the Congress office situated on Akbar Road. So, as a preventive measure, we have put barricades and deputed our personnel to avoid any untoward situation.” In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress said, “The voice of truth will not be afraid of police guards. Gandhi’s followers will fight and win from this darkness.” Sealing the office of the National Herald, bringing the Congress HQs under police guards show both the “fear and frustration of the dictator”, the party said, adding that questions of inflation and unemployment will still be asked.
On Tuesday, the ED raided the head office of the National Herald newspaper and 11 other locations as part of its probe.