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Renuka Chowdhury Grabs Hyd Cop’s Collar At Cong Protest Over Rahul Gandhi’s ED Summons; Case Filed


Tension prevailed near Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Thursday after Congress leaders and workers staged a protest against the questioning of senior party leader Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the National Herald case.

A video of the protest surfaced online in which Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury is seen holding a policeman by his collar while being taken away from the spot. A case has been filed against Chowdhury at Panjagutta PS under section 353 of IPC in this connection.

Speaking to News18, Chowdhury said the police has started pushing women in the crowd and she had grabbed onto the policeman’s shoulder to regain balance.

“The police suddenly started pushing and provoking us. Look at the entire video. The police were pushing us from behind. We were going back. Suddenly the police started pushing women. I was pushed from behind… I would have fallen… I was trying to hold the shoulder so that I don’t fall,” she said.

Tweeting from her account later, Chowdhury accused police of misbehaving with women leaders of the party.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president and party MP A Revanth Reddy, Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and several others were taken into preventive custody by the police as they were proceeding towards Raj Bhavan.

The protest caused traffic jam on Khairtabad Circle and surrounding areas. A two-wheeler was reportedly set on fire and some protesters were seen climbing on a state-run city bus even as window panes of the bus were smashed allegedly by an agitator.

Rahul Gandhi, 51, has been questioned by the police for three consecutive days since Monday and is to appear before the ED at its headquarters on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi again on Friday.

His statement has been recorded in multiple sessions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and after Wednesday’s round of questioning, he has clocked close to 30 hours with the ED investigators.

The grand old party has called the agency’s action vendetta politics of the Centre against opposition leaders as the party’s supporters continued protests on roads leading to the ED office.

The probe pertains to alleged financial irregularities involving Young Indian Private Limited, promoted by the Congress, that owns National Herald. The newspaper is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and owned by Young Indian.

With PTI inputs

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