Activist Yogendra Yadav was arrested by the Delhi Police late Monday night after he was detained from the farmers’ protest site in Jantar Mantar.
A ‘tractor march’ for the cause of farmers’ rights organised by the Swaraj Abhiyan group led by Yadav and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan will go on till Independence Day after the protesters were prevented from placing a “plough” in a symbol of protest outside the prime minister’s residence here on Monday.
In a series of tweets, the activist said that was beaten up, manhandled, dragged, pushed and arrested at the parliament street police station.
Scores of farmers from across the country had planned to place an installation on Monday in front of the Prime Minister’s residence here as a symbol of protest against the Delhi Race Course, which they want to be converted into a farmers’ memorial.
The protesters, however, were prevented by police from marching any further than Jantar Mantar.
“We don’t believe in politics of deception; we work with honesty… We presented the government with an offer that only 20 women volunteers will go peacefully and place this ‘plough’ there, but police rejected that, so, now we will stand here till we are allowed to move forward,” Yadav told reporters.
“We will stand here holding this plough until the government and police allow us to move towards the Race Course… We hope this small satyagraha will bring some awareness about the situation of farmers,” he said.