Rahul Gandhi was arrested on Wednesday night by the UP police capping a day of high drama after he slipped in unnoticed in pre-dawn hours to support the farmers agitating against the state's land acquisition process for a expressway project.
After a three-hour midnight drama of arrest and release, Rahul Gandhi was fiinally escorted back to Delhi by the UP police through the DND expressway and left at the inter-state bus terminus at Sarai Kale Khan a short distance from there bringing an end to a nearly 24-hour sequence of events.
Gandhi, who spent almost 19 hours at Bhatta Parasul, the epicentre of the farmers' agitation, was arrested under Sec 151 CrPC at around 11:00 p.m. and were taken to the Kasna police station.
He was released on bail by the Uttar Pradesh Police and brought to Delhi at 2:15 a.m.
He was arrested along with AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Congress MPs Raj Babbar and Parvez Hashmi, and other Congress leaders.
At the Kasna police station in Greater Noida, a Delhi suburb, Gandhi questioned the grounds on which he was arrested. "They are not showing us the documentation," he said.
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Image: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with wellwisher after his arrest during a dharna in support of farmers at Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida on Wednesday, three days after the bloody clash between the police and the agitating farmers.
Text & Images: PTI