According to Delhi Police officers, the MPs had not taken any permission for their protest Credit: File image

On Monday evening when MPs from Punjab were holding a silent protest near Parliament, they were jostled and allegedly manhandled by members of Delhi Police. Part of the altercation took place in full view of television cameras, said reports.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the police even hit the MPs on the legs with batons. The police later said they were trying to clear the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had unexpectedly left Parliament ahead of schedule.

The four Congress MPs from Punjab were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening, over the farm bills that have been creating uproar in Rajya Sabha for two days.

In a cell phone video of the incident, members of the Delhi Police could be seen asking the MPs to leave. “This is not right what you are doing,” one of the MPs could be heard saying.

According to Delhi Police officers, the MPs had not taken any permission for their protest.

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Opposition MPs and those from Punjab have been stirred up over the past two days following the passage of the controversial farm bills in the Rajya Sabha that has triggered huge protests by farmers in Punjab and Haryana and a few other states.

On Monday, eight opposition members were suspended from the house for the rest of the session for their behaviour in house a day before.

Sanjay Singh and Rajiv Satav had climbed onto the Secretary General’s table at the centre of the house, Derek O’Brien waved a rulebook in front of the Chairperson and tried to tear it up and some members pulled out mics at their seats. A few members also tore up copies of the bills. At one point, marshals formed a protective wall between the Deputy Chairman and the protesting members.

The opposition members claim that the bills were passed in the upper house in complete contravention of the rules and accused Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh of partisanship towards the BJP. Their no-confidence motion filed against the Deputy Chairman – a first – has been turned down.

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