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Lawyer Yashpal Tyagi, who said he thrashed Kanhaiya in police custody, arrested

Yashpal Tyagi

New Delhi: Lawyer Yashpal Tyagi, who was accused of beating journalists and JNU students, was on Tuesday arrested by Delhi Police. The action was taken a day after he was caught on camera, saying he thrashed Kanhaiya so much in police custody for three hours that he wet his pants.

The lawyers had also failed to present themselves before the Delhi Police despite being summoned many times.

Bassi had said coersive action would be taken against the lawyers if need be. His comments came a day after a television channel aired a sting operation done on two of the three advocates in which they claimed that they had thrashed JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and he wet his pants during the beating.

They were also seen claiming that there were plans to assault Kanhaiya again in prison.

“We had summoned them many times. We have arrested one after he joined investigation. For eight days we have sent repeated summons to the others.

“Now we have the option of taking coercive action against them. We will go with the law and arrest them if it demands so,” Bassi said in an interview to the news channel.

In the latest notice to them, the two lawyers were asked to join probe on Monday, which they did not oblige.

In a sting operation conducted by a news channel on two of the three lawyers wanted for alleged assault on journalists, students and teachers of JNU at a court here last week, the perpetrators purportedly claimed that they planned to thrash JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in prison too.

In the video broadcast on the English news channel, the lawyers can be seen claiming that they also thrashed Kanhaiya for around three hours while he was in police custody and said he wet his pants during the beating.

They can be seen claiming to have spared Kanhaiya only after they made him raise a specific slogan praising India.

One of them can even be seen claiming that he would not sign a bail bond only to land in jail so that he could beat up Kanhaiya again inside the jail premises. He went on to say that they had full support of police during the scuffle at the court premises.

Senior police officials have so far refused to comment on the video without verification.

Police had issued notices to lawyers Vikram Singh Chauhan, Yashpal Singh and Om Sharma to join investigation, following which Om Sharma presented himself before police and was arrested. But the two others are yet to appear.

(With PTI inputs)

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