Psephologist-turned politician Yogendra Yadav took to Twitter on Saturday to say that he was manhandled by the Tamil Nadu police while he was on his way to a farmers' protest against an eight-lane highway in the Tiruvannamalai district.
ANI reported that he was detained along with the farmers who were protesting against the highway.
Yadav said in a tweet that he was manhandled by the police, was pushed into a van and that his phone was taken away by force.
TN police has detained me and team in Chengam PS, Thiru Annamalai district. We came on the invitation of Movement Against 8Lane Way.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018
We were prevented from going to meet farmers, phones snatched, manhandled and pushed into police van.
First hand experience of police state in TN!
Alleging police atrocities against farmers who were protesting, Yadav said that the police told him that there was a law and order problem because of his presence.
Supdt. Police, Thiru Annamalai is here to tell me hay they apprehend law and order problem due to my presence! I am saying I will only visit farmers inside their homes. SP says I am not allowed!— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018
Gandhian disobedience is the only way out, it seems.
He also put up a video of his interaction with the police when he was on his way to the protest venue.
While we were being stopped and detained pic.twitter.com/yJPlskyE8y— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018
I had spoken to Mr Kandasamy, Collector, Thiru Annamalai about acquisition and complains of police excesses for 8 lane way. He completely denied any police interference. Within minutes of the phone call police detained us. https://t.co/KYrA0oHJ26— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018
Yadav said he was locked up inside a marriage hall along with others for over four hours and wasn't informed if he was under arrest or detained.
It's 4 hours now, we are still locked inside this marriage hall. No formal order— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 8, 2018
Not even oral information about whether we are under detention or arrest
9 Farmers who met me this morning detained
Another 40 farmers waiting to meet me also detained.
Rule of law? Or police Raj?
Reports say that Yadav was in Tamil Nadu to conduct an inquiry into whether farmers were willingly giving up their land for the highway project or were under police pressure.