LUCKNOW: Congress general secretary Priyanak Gandhi Vadra on Saturday dodged the Lucknow police to meet the kin of SR Darapuri, former IPS officer and social activist, who was arrested in connection with the violence that followed CAA-NRC protests in the state capital on December 19.
Priyanka was stopped by the UP Police at two points, 1090 and polytechnic squares, around 5.30pm. She also entered into an argument with a cop on duty at the polytechnic square and questioned why she was being stopped.
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Refusing to follow instructions, a visibly fuming Priyanka got down from her car and decided to walk to Darapuri’s house, which was about 2.5 kilometres away, but was offered a lift by a party worker on his two-wheeler.
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Talking to reporters on the way, Priyanka said: “Yeh kaisi police hai… ye Yogi sarkar ki manmani hai … logo se milne nahi de rahi hai … na gadi se jane de rahi hai na paidal. (What kind of a police force is this … this is high-handedness of Yogi government … it is not allowing us to meet anyone.)”
Gandhi was flanked by senior leaders, including UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu, as well as security men. At around 6 pm, Priyanka reached Darapuri’s house and met his son Ved. She spoke to the family for about 15 minutes.
Speaking to reporters after meeting the family, Priyanka alleged that she was “manhandled and strangulated” by UP cops while she was on her way to visit Darapuri’s family.
“UP police stopped me while I was going to meet family of Darapuri ji. Police strangulated and manhandled me. They surrounded me while I was going on a party worker’s two-wheeler, after which I had to go by foot,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier, Meerut Police had stopped Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi from meeting the families of CAA-NRC violence victims last Sunday.
(With inputs from agencies)