'Lost my balance': Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury defends grabbing cop's collar during Hyderabad protests
Chowdhury was seen engaging in a heated argument with the policeman as she held his collar. A case has been registered against the former union minister for assaulting a public servant
Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury has tried defending herself after a video showing her grabbing a policeman's collar during protests in Hyderabad on Thursday, went viral on social media.
Chowdhury said that she lost her balance due to a leg problem and that she expects an apology from the police.
"They were pushing me, I have a problem with my leg. I was losing my balance so I fell on him like that. I'll apologise to that man. But I expect Police to apologise to me for manhandling us. Why were there so many men Police around us?" she said.
#WATCH | Congress' Renuka Chowdhury says, "...They were pushing me, I've a problem with my leg. I was losing my balance so I fell on him like that. I'll apologise to that man. But I expect Police to apologise to me for manhandling us. Why were there so many men Police around us?" pic.twitter.com/y8okqwoMmC
— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2022
The former Union minister also denied assaulting the cop.
"I didn't assault. I've been booked, I'll face it. That's the law. I don't have anything against that young man. He never did anything to me. I was losing balance&I held on. If you move, I'll have to hold this to steady myself as we were being pushed&bullied from back," she added.
A case has been registered against Chowdhury under IPC sections 151, 140, 147, 149, 341, 353 which pertain to assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty.
Telangana Congress held a massive protest here today over the ED investigating Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. Several Congress workers and leaders were detained by the police.
Chowdhury was seen engaging in a heated argument with the policeman as she held his collar. Women police personnel then dragged the former union minister towards the police van.
#WATCH | Telangana: Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury holds a Policeman by his collar while being taken away by other Police personnel during the party's protest in Hyderabad over ED summons to Rahul Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/PBqU7769LE
— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2022
Congress had given a "Chalo Raj Bhavan" call and at Telangana's Raj Bhavan police detained several party workers who attempted to stage a protest there.
Apart from Hyderabad, the Congress held protests in several parts of the country including Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan.
With inputs from agencies
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