UP police officer Dr Archana Singh rejects Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s manhandling allegations, says her car had diverted from scheduled route

India: Recently Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra misled the public by making false claims that she was manhandled by police personnel on her way to the residence of a former IPS officer held for anti-CAA protests. She can be heard in the video below, “the lady police held her neck and pushed her to the ground. She has also alleged that she was held by her collar. She alleged that this happened twice”.

The Congress has now released a video trying to prove that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was manhandled by the police. In order to prove that she was not lying, Congress released a video where a woman officer was allegedly seen holding her neck and pushing her to the ground.

At no point of time in the video can one see either the lady police officer holding Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by the throat or Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being pushed to the ground and falling as claimed by her. 

The Uttar Pradesh lady police officer Dr Archana Singh said the allegations were false. Describing the sequence of events, Archana Singh refuted allegations that she manhandled Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She said that a tour program of Priyanka Gandhi was proposed in Lucknow for which she was the fleet in-charge.

In a letter addressed to the Additional Superintendent of Police (Protocol), Dr. Archana Singh, Circle Officer Modern Control Room, said, “A number of things such as manhandling and neck grabbing are being circulated on the social media, which is completely false. I have discharged my duty with full sincerity.”

We got instructions that Priyanka Vadra departed from the UP Congress office for Gokhale Marg. As the other vehicles of the fleet were moving on the scheduled route, the vehicle of Priyanka Gandhi instead moving on the scheduled route (from 1090 crossing) moved towards Lohia Path. At that point in time, I wanted to seek the details of her destination from the security point of view as to where she wanted to go. However, the party workers refused to share any information,” she said.

Dr. Singh said that she is hurt by the allegations that she manhandled the Congress leader.

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