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Police punch Congress worker and forcefully remove his ‘PayCM’ t-shirt at Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka

A Congress worker was wearing a t-shirt on which was written ‘PayCM’, but the police forcefully removed his t-shirt and a poster that read 'PayCM' during the Bharat Jodo Yatra's campaign today.

By wasmulhaq 
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Bengaluru: Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra has been moving in Karnataka. This is the Congress Party’s first movement in a BJP-ruled state. But the party workers have to face the backlash of the police. A Congress worker was wearing a t-shirt on which was written ‘PayCM’, but the police forcefully removed his t-shirt and a poster that read ‘PayCM’ during the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s campaign today.

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The Congress worker is identified as Akshay Kumar; his objective was to target the Karnataka government led by Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai for allegedly demanding a 40 percent commission on public works. Earlier, Kumar was spotted holding a white flag with the PayCM poster along with a QR code.

After the incident, senior Congress leaders were outraged and chastised the state government for the atrocities committed against the party worker wearing a ‘PayCM’ t-shirt. This act is condemnable. Who has given the power to the police to forcefully remove his shirt and then beat him as well? The cop who assaulted him should be suspended, the state Congress said on Twitter along with a video of the incident. In the video, a policeman can be seen punching Kumar on his neck from behind, raining fist blows on him.

The posters of ‘PayCM’ with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s picture went viral last month in some parts of Bengaluru, like the electronic wallet Paytm’s advertisements. The face of CM Basavaraj Bommai was placed in the middle of the QR code, in which a message was depicted, “40% accepted here.”

The posters have taken on a political colour and the Congress party has been aggressively campaigning against the state government’s corrupt policies in awarding public contracts and recruiting for government jobs.

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