Delhi Police personnel forced their way into the Congress headquarters in New Delhi and beat up workers as party former chief Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third consecutive day of questioning in the National Herald money laundering case.
A video tweeted by Congress showed cops pushing past protesting members to enter AICC headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala called for an FIR to be lodged against the police officials who entered the headquarters.
“O dictator. If you must vandalise property, then come down from the chair of democracy and stand before the people,” Congress tweeted. “The Congress office to which you have sent your police goons has rubbed off the world’s biggest empire… your arrogance is nothing? We will break your ego.”
While senior leaders were not allowed to reach the AICC office, hundreds of activists were detained.
A senior police official said that 150 people have been detained so far.
“Today is the 3rd day of demonstration, police made proper arrangements; we’ve detained around 150 people. Congress had not taken any permission for gathering today; their office bearers know about the area in which Sec 144 is imposed,” Sagar Hooda, Special CP (Law & Order) said in a press conference.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel who was detained by the police called it ‘gundagardi’.
Rajya Sabha MP Ranjeet Ranjan and Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak were detained along with others.
Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda was put under house arrest by the police.