Kerala police today briefly detained senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and others while they were protesting against demonetisation outside the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) office here.
Tharoor, a local MP, said that they were ‘sitting on a peaceful dharna’ when they were detained by the police.
“We were sitting on a peaceful dharna outside RBI office but we were arrested by Police and were later released,” Tharoor said.
There were reports of scuffle during the protest when party workers tried to break the police barricade and enter the office premises.
We were sitting on a peaceful dharna outside RBI office but we were arrested by Police and were later released: Shashi Tharoor,Congress pic.twitter.com/9oakvpZmdq— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2017
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala courted arrest in front of the RBI regional office here.
The agitation was part of the nationwide stir by the Congress from booth to national level against the demonetisation drive the central government.
Joining the agitation, thousands of Congress workers in other parts of the state staged protest outside central government offices.
Veteran Congress leader and former CM Oommen Chandy launched the agitation in front of the head-post office in Kozhikode, while KPCC president VM Sudheeran led the protest in Thrissur district.
AICC secretary Deepak Babria too held the protest before the BSNL office in Kochi. The protests were organised under the aegis of respective District Congress Committees.