Okhla AAP MLA Khan’s arrest: How it happened. As the report of arrest of Okhla AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan surfaced, some residents and AAP supporters were left stumped. And some AAP workers and leaders turned up outside Jamia Nagar Police Station to protest.
Initially there was confusion that how the MLA was picked up from his residence in Batla House. It is understood that the preparation to arrest the MLA began early morning. Knowing the number of votes with which he had win, security was beefed up in the locality since morning, according to sources.
Moreover, nobody had any idea about the security coming in. Protesters at Okhla Head were talking among themselves that they thought that some demolition work was to take place. It is usual in the locality that during demolition drive security is beefed up. However, many were in a surprise when they came to know that the MLA was picked up from his house in the morning at about 9 am and taken away to some place to be presented at Saket Court.
After the arrest, AAP leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on the event. But a few gave inside information like what was the MLA doing when police arrived at his home. AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted: “Amanatullah was not even allowed to wear slippers/while arresting all the CCTV cameras were turned towards ceiling by police.”
It is understood that Amanatullah’s brother Afifullah told this to a reporter: “विधायक जी सोये हुए थे, पुलिस उनको ज़बरदस्ती उठाकर ले गयी। चप्पल भी नहीं पहनने दिए। अब पुलिस ये भी नहीं बता रही है कि हमारे भाई को कहाँ रखा है।”
The MLA was arrested a few days after a Jasola-based woman alleged that she was threatened at his house in Batla House an allegation that has been rubbished by Khan. The party even called a press conference on Saturday where a video clipping was presented to buttress the claim.
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