Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera was detained by Assam police from the Delhi airport tarmac amidst a political uproar on Thursday. Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan, IGP L&O and spokesperson of Assam police, informed ANI that a team had been dispatched to Delhi to take Pawan Khera into custody in connection with the Haflong police station case. The police have registered a case against Pawan Khera at Haflong police station in Dima Hasao district, and the team is waiting for permission from the local court to take him to Assam.
In the meantime, a video was shared on Congress’s Twitter handle, where Pawan Khera stated that he was unaware of the reason behind his deboarding.
“I don’t know why. They said they needed to check my baggage. I informed them that I only have a handbag. Upon disembarking, I was informed that I couldn’t leave and that a DCP was on the way. We’ve been waiting for the DCP for the past 20 minutes. I’m unsure why they’re detaining me,” he said.
The reason for Khera’s detention
The Assam police detained Pawan Khera in connection with a case registered against him at the Haflong police station in Dima Hasao district. The reason for the case is not specified, but it is likely related to his recent political statements.
The BJP has demanded the arrest of Khera over allegations that he insulted PM Narendra Modi during a press conference where he flubbed the PM’s name while demanding a joint parliamentary probe into the Adani-Hindenburg row. The BJP has alleged that Khera’s comments were made with the blessings of the top levels of Congress.
The Congress has defended Khera and called the FIR flimsy. They have accused the Modi government of acting like goons by preventing Khera from joining the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Plenary.