Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested last night on her way to the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh and is being detained at Sitapur, about 90 km from Lucknow.
After dramatic videos of the senior Congress leader’s confrontation with UP cops, her team today released a video from a state guest house where she is detained.
Priyanka Gandhi was heading to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet with the families of farmers who had been killed in violence on Sunday when she was detained by cops.
The video showed Priyanka Gandhi sweeping the floor of a room in the PAC (Provincial Arms Constabulary) Guest House. She later sat on a fast.
A member of her team told NDTV: “The room where she has been lodged was dirty, she cleaned the room herself.”
Congress workers gathered outside the centre to protest her detention.
The Congress accused the police of using physical force against Priyanka Gandhi and Deepender Hooda.
Late last night, Priyanka Gandhi demanded to be shown a warrant when police personnel surrounded her convoy at Sitapur.
“I am not important than the people you have killed. The government you are defending. You give me a legal warrant, a legal basis or else I will not move from here and you won’t touch me,” the agitated Congress leader was heard saying in a video.
“Warrant nikalo, order nikalonahi toh main yahan se nahi hil rahi hoon (Produce a warrant or a legal order or else I am not moving out from here) and if you will put me in that car I will charge you with kidnapping. And the charge will not be against the police but you,” she was heard telling the cop.
Congress leader Deepender Hooda, who was with her, was also allegedly manhandled and pushed.
Earlier on Sunday, eight people, including four farmers, were killed in protests against the visit of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The protesting farmers said the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district started after the minister’s son ran over protesters.
Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son has been charged in an FIR by the UP police.