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Did Delhi Police personnel hit Youth Congress worker, drag him by hair?

As activists of the Indian National Congress (INC) intensified their protests against the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) act of questioning Sonia Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case, a surfaced today that purportedly showed cops pulling Youth Congress Srinivas BV's hair. In a video he shared on social media, Srinivas was heard complaining.

Once he was out of the police van, Srinivas told reporters, "I was hit." But was he manhandled?

Earlier, of course, the showed some security personnel pushing Srinivas BV into the van. "Aap log kyun maar rahe? (Why are you hitting me?)" the Youth Congress president asked, But an RAF cop replied, "Koi nahin maar raha aapko (Nobody is hitting you)."

Police then took Srinivas away from the protest site in the van where he was seen occupying a seat. The Youth Congress still tweeted, "In independent India, if Congress workers cannot even come outside their party headquarters, then what's the point of democracy? Why is the dictator so afraid?"

The INC is holding a nationwide 'satyagraha' to protest against party interim president Sonia Gandhi's questioning in the National Herald case of money laundering.

Delhi Police detained Sonia Gandhi's and former INC head Rahul Gandhi and several other party MPs after they gathered at Vijay Chowk in the capital to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan to draw the president's attention to the alleged misuse of central agencies by the union government.

"India is a police state, Modi is a king," Rahul Gandhi alleged. Before being detained he said, "All (Congress) MPs came here. They talked about inflation and unemployment. They (Police) are not allowing us to sit here. Discussions are not allowed inside (the Parliament) and here they are arresting us."

The cops detained the INC MPs at the Kingsway Police camp, which they had initially not divulged.

Reporters who talked to Delhi Police personnel at Vijay Chowk said no activist was manhandled. They said pressing the head of a detainee into a police van gently was a part of their standard operating procedure, but that was not the official statement of the force. Delhi Police said later, "We are trying to identify the staff. Disciplinary action would be initiated against the staff after identification."

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Surajit Dasgupta
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Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation


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