NEW DELHI: Joint Commissioner of Police, M.K Meena, on Tuesday justified the action taken against activist Yogendra Yadav and said that everything has been done as per the law.
“The permission for dharna was given to them on the 10th, but later they applied for an extension till 14th which the DCP office had rejected. They were asked to end their meeting and demonstration on 10th ,” Meena told the media here
“Even after the order, they continued with their protest. Field police officers asked them to vacant the Jantar Mantar because they had given call, saying they were planning to go to the RCR….. Later in the night, they were planning to go to the PM house (7, RCR) for the same,” he added.
Meena said that several police officials tried talking to the protestors and their leaders which turned into an argument.
‘Post the arguments, they tried to disrupt peace due to which they were arrested under preventive arrest- 117-151 CRPC and were brought to the Parliament Street police station,” he added.
The Joint Commissioner of Police further said that this case would be presented in front of the competent court and the rest of the procedure will take place accordingly.
“The police initiated legal action on the basis of the reports given by our field officers. Every step has been taken as per the law and nothing has been done illegally,” he added.
Yadav, who spent the night in police custody after being detained late last night from a farmer protest, has now been arrested.
The 51-year-old activist, who was expelled from the ruling party earlier this year, has alleged in tweets that he was ‘beaten up, manhandled, dragged, pushed and arrested’ at the Parliament Street police station.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has come out in support of his former colleague and condemned the police action.
“I strongly condemn the treatment meted out to Yogendra ji by Delhi Police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right," he tweeted.