New Delhi: Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav was detained on Saturday by Tamil Nadu police in Tiruvannamalai district when he was on his way to meet protesting farmers. The politician was invited by the farmers who were staging a protest against the proposed eight-lane Salem-Chennai expressway.
New agency ANI reported that he has been taken to a nearby location along with other farmers who were protesting.
Taking it to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Yadav tweeted about his first-hand experience of Tamil Nadu police. In the series of tweets, he alleged that he was manhandled and pushed into a police van.
“TN police has detained me and team in Chengam PS, Thiru Annamalai district. We came on the invitation of Movement Against 8Lane Way. We were prevented from going to meet farmers, phones snatched, manhandled and pushed into a police van. The first-hand experience of police state in TN!” he tweeted. He also shared a video on the social media platform.
In the another tweet, the activist also alleged that he was arrested minutes after he spoke to a senior district official over the phone about complaints of forced acquisition of land for the expressway and police excesses.
According to an NDTV report, farmers are protesting against the expressway as they are under fear of over losing their land.