Activist Yogendra Yadav Arrested in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi: Swaraj India national president Yogendra Yadav was on Saturday arrested by police in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district while on his way to meet farmers protesting against a proposed Rs 10,000 crore eight-lane Salem-Chennai expressway.
Yadav alleged that he and his four colleagues were detained by the Tamil Nadu police near Pakkripalayam village in Chengal at around 10 am and kept in a private marriage hall in Eraiyur without any written or oral order.
Yadav tweeted, “I had spoken to Mr Kandasamy, Collector, Thiru Annamalai about acquisition and complains of police excesses for 8 lane way. He completely denied any police interference. Within minutes of the phone call police detained us. (sic)”
The police, however, denied Yadav’s allegations, claiming the activist had not sought permission before meeting the farmers. Yadav and his team would have needed police protection, as the situation could have turned volatile given the sensitivity of the situation, the police said, as reported by NDTV.
In a complaint to deputy superintendent of police Chengam sub-division Thiru K.S. Sundaramoorthy, Yadav wrote, “I see no reason why I should be bound by an illegal order not to visit farmers at their home.