Congress leader P Chidambaram suffered a fracture in his left rib after he was pushed by Delhi Police during the party’s protest in Delhi today. Mr Chidambaram was among hundred of Congress leaders and workers who protested outside the Enforcement Directorate’s Delhi office as party leader Rahul Gandhi came for questioning by the probe agency in an alleged money laundering case linked to National Herald newspaper.
Mr Chidambaram tweeted he was lucky to get away with only a suspected hairline crack.
“When three big, burly policemen crash into you, you are lucky to get away with a suspected hairline crack. Doctors have said that if there is a hairline crack, it will heal by itself in about 10 days. I am fine and I will go about my work tomorrow,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.
His colleague, Randeep Surjewala, said another Congress leader, Pramod Tiwati, was thrown on the road and he suffered a head injury.
“Modi government has crossed every limit of barbarism. Former Home Minister P Chidambaram was hit by police, his glasses were thrown on the ground, he has a hairline fracture in his left rib. MP Pramod Tiwari was thrown on the road. He has head injury and rib fracture. Is this a democracy?” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a video statement that he tweeted.
मोदी सरकार बर्बरता की हर हद पार कर गई।
पूर्व गृह मंत्री, श्री पी.चिदंबरम के साथ पुलिस की धक्कामुक्की हुई, चश्मा ज़मीन पर फेंका, उनकी बायीं पसलियों में हेयरलाइन फ्रैक्चर है।
सांसद प्रमोद तिवाड़ी को सड़क पर फेंका गया। सिर में चोट और पसली में फ्रैक्चर है।
क्या यह प्रजातंत्र है? pic.twitter.com/rRLOhIOTJ3
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 13, 2022
Apart from Mr Chidambaram, Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and others.
In other states, Congress leaders and workers also took to the streets, accusing the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “trampling on democracy”. Hundreds were detained in the national capital after they tried to march to the Enforcement Directorate office despite heavy barricading.
The questioning of senior Congress leaders and the Gandhis is part of the Enforcement Directorate’s investigation to understand the shareholding pattern, financial transactions and role of the promoters of Young Indian and Associated Journals Ltd.
The probe agency recently filed a fresh case under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, or PMLA, after a trial court took note of an Income Tax Department probe against Young Indian Pvt Ltd on the basis of a private criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
The Congress party had called the Enforcement Directorate’s action “vendetta”.