A DAY after she was detained after trying to reach the spot of the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday (4), Indian National Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was formally arrested on charges of disrupting peace and others.
According to sources, the 49-year-old leader, who is expected to play a major role in the Congress’s campaign in next year’s state election in UP, will be presented before the district magistrate soon. Her office, however, said that no information on the same was provided by the district administration.
The report added that the case against the Congress leader has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the report that the local police supported to the magistrate.
Vadra has been tweeting from detention and was also seen cleaning the room of the guesthouse where she has been detained, with a broom.
On Monday, she asked prime minister Narendra Modi in a video the reason behind her detention when the perpetrators of the violence roamed free. She also shared a video of a car mowing down protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday (5).
Congress leaders, including Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and his Punjab counterpart Charanjit Singh Channi protested the arrest of Vadra. Former Congress chief in Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is known to be close to Vadra, threatened that if the Congress leader was not released and the son of Indian minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra was not arrested by Wednesday (6), then members of the Punjab Congress will conduct a march towards Lakhimpur.