Rahul Gandhi placed under preventive arrest in UP

Last Updated: Wed, May 11, 2011 18:12 hrs

Greater Noida: Rahul Gandhi was arrested tonight by the UP police after he joined the land war here, pledging full support to farmers fighting against acquisition while lambasting Chief Minister Mayawati.

"Rahul Gandhi has been arrested unde Sec 151 CrPC and will be presented before a Sub-Divisional Magistrate tomorrow," Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range) Rajnikant Mishra said.

Gandhi was taken away from the dharna site in Bhatta Parsaul Village in a grey Tata Safari to an undisclosed location.

The Amethi MP smiled to the large battery of media before getting into the vehicle along with AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Firozabad MP Raj Babbar.

The Congress leader was participating in an agitation against land acquisition in the state. After dramatically sneaking into the area on a motorbike at dawn, Mr Gandhi had been sitting with the protestors and speaking with the villagers all day.

Gandhi and other Congress leaders had planned on spending the night with the farmers.

Images: Rahul Gandhi joins land war in UP, pledges support to farmers

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