Tamil Nadu Police on Saturday detained former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav in Thiruvannamalai district when the psephologist-turned-politician was on his way to meet farmers who had invited him to be a part of their protest against a proposed eight-lane expressway. In a series of tweets, the politician alleged that he was also manhandled by the police. He alleged that the police snatched away his mobile phone, manhandled and pushed him into the van.
In another tweet, he alleged that he had talked to Kandasamy, Collector, Thiru Annamalai about the acquisition and police excesses for 8 lane way, however, the collector completely denied any police interference. He added that within minutes of the phone call, he and his associates were stopped from meeting the protesters.
Yadav has also shared a video via his Instagram handle where he can be seen being manhandled and stopped by the police. He further wrote that he asked for a permission to meet the farmers inside their homes but his request was denied by the Supdt. Police, Thiru Annamalai. He didn’t accept his request citing that it may create law and order situation in the area.
As per reports, Yadav had not sought the permission from the police to participate in the protest. Several people are protesting against the construction of eight-lane expressway as they are afraid of losing their lands. The expressway is facing opposition from people including farmers and environmentalists who claim large number of trees will be cut in a bid to complete the project.