Lucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was briefly detained on her way to Agra, was later on Wednesday permitted to visit the family members of a man who died in police custody earlier in the day. The Congress general secretary was detained by Uttar Pradesh Police at the Lucknow-Agra expressway.
Preventing her from visiting Agra, the police had said section 144 has been imposed in the city and the district magistrate had requested not to allow any political personality to go there following the man’s death.
“They say I can’t go to Agra. They stop me wherever I go. Should I keep sitting in restaurants? Just because it is politically convenient for them? I want to meet them, what is the big deal?” said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
As soon as Priyanka’s convoy was stopped, scores of Congress leaders resorted to sloganeering against the Yogi Adityanath government and created ruckus. “In the BJP government, if it is a crime to seek justice, to show condolences to someone, then we will continue to commit this crime… We will continue to raise our voice for justice,” she said.
Priyanka was going to meet the family of a sanitation worker who was nabbed in connection with a theft and later died in police custody.
The sanitation worker, who was arrested by police yesterday in connection with a theft of Rs 25 Lakhs from a warehouse on October 17, died in police custody.
ADG Agra, Rajiv Krishna said, “Our officers are in contact with his family. They’re cooperating. Action will be taken if there was any negligence. The family has filed a complaint, they suspect that he was beaten up by the Police following which he died. FIR registered, matter it will be probed.”
“During questioning, he confessed to the crime. Police recovered Rs 15 Lakhs from his home, during recovery he fell ill. Police & his family rushed him to the hospital. The doctor declared him brought dead. FIR registered, further action will be taken as per PM report,” SSP Agra, Muniraj G said.
(With Inputs from ANI and PTI)