Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav along with his 85 supporters were arrested at the Parliament street police station, during wee hours of 11 August. The Delhi Police had detained him from the farmers protest site near the Jantar Mantar.
After he was detained, ex-AAP leader Prashant Bhushan reached the police station. Bhushan is also a part of Swaraj Abhiyan (farmers protest).
Condemning the police action, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in support of Yadav, with whom he had a bitter public falling out four months ago leading to the latter's ouster from Aam Aadmi Party.
Kejriwal took to twitter and stated "I strongly condemn the treatment metted out to Yogendraji by Delhi police. They were protesting peacefully. It is their fundamental right".
The police said they have made "preventive arrests" under sections 107 (action where breach of the peace or disturbance is apprehended) and 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Yogendra Yadav's statement?
- Yadav wrote on the microblogging site Twitter " I have been beaten up, manhandled, dragged, pushed and arrested at the Parliament street police station".
Why the arrest?
- Earlier on 10 August a 'tractor march was organised for the cause of farmers' rights which was led by former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.They were also prevented from placing a "plough" in a symbol of protest outside the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence.