Amid a row over the alleged manhandling of the Congress workers during Wednesday's protests in the national capital, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor shared a video of Congress MP Jothimani on Twitter, in which she alleged that she was brutally assaulted by the Delhi police.
"This is outrageous in any democracy. To deal with a woman protestor like this violates every Indian standard of decency, but to do it to a LokSabha MP is a new low. I condemn the conduct of the @DelhiPolice and demand accountability. speaker @ombirlakota please act!," Mr Tharoor wrote.
This is outrageous in any democracy. To deal with a woman protestor like this violates every Indian standard of decency, but to do it to a LokSabha MP is a new low. I condemn the conduct of the @DelhiPolice & demand accountability. Speaker @ombirlakota please act! pic.twitter.com/qp7zyipn85— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 15, 2022
In the video shared by Mr Tharoor, Jothimani, Congress MP from Tamil Nadu's Karur, alleged that the Delhi police personnel tore her clothes and carried her like a criminal in a bus along with other women protesters.
Jothimani then gets up and turns around to show her torn kurta. The Congress MP is seen wearing only one shoe in the video.
"The Delhi police brutally assaulted us yesterday. They tore my clothes, removed my shoes and carried me like a criminal," she said.
She alleged that the police also refused to give water to them.
"There are 7-8 women in the bus including me. We have been repeatedly asking for water, but they refused. When we are trying to buy it from outside, they are telling sellers not to give water to us," she charged in the video urging Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to look into the matter.
As Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third consecutive day on Wednesday for questioning in connection with a money laundering case relating to the National Herald newspaper, party leaders and workers continued their protests against what they called the "vendetta politics" of the ruling BJP.
Several Congress workers were detained from outside the party headquarters and the probe agency's office. The Congress also shared a video on its official Twitter account which showed the women protesters being dragged and taken in buses.
'बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ' का नारा देने वाले लोग सत्याग्रह कर रही बेटियों के साथ कैसा सलूक करवा रहे हैं, ये देश देख रहा है। pic.twitter.com/NjZBEImfCb— Congress (@INCIndia) June 15, 2022
Top party leaders including KC Venugopal, Bhupesh Baghel and Randeep Surjewala, on Tuesday said that the police also barged into the party headquarters from where they detained workers and leaders.
The Delhi police, however, have denied the Congress claims.