New Delhi, Apr 2 (IANS): BJP national vice president Baijayant Jay Panda on Sunday expressed his 'dismay' over police brutality in a village in Germany.
Taking to Twitter, Panda said: "Was dismayed to read about Germany's police brutality at Lutzerath village in January this year. Protestors accused the police of 'pure violence,' & said they had been beaten 'unrestrainedly, often on the head'.
"Indians are taking note of such decline in democratic norms in Europe's biggest economy with sadness & concern," he posted.
Although the incident happened in January, Panda's remark comes close on the heels of the German Foreign Ministry spokesperson comments on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction and subsequent disqualification from Parliament.
The German Foreign Ministry spokesperson had said, "It takes note of verdict, suspension from Parliament, and appeal will show whether verdict stands and suspension has basis. It expects standards of judicial independence and democratic principles to apply in Rahul Gandhi's case."
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had appreciated the comment and said, "Thank you Germany Foreign Affairs Ministry and Richard Walker @rbsw for taking note of how Democracy is being compromised in India through persecution of @RahulGandhi."
Soon after several BJP leaders hit out at the Congress and its leaders, accusing them of seeking 'foreign interference' in India's affairs.
The violence in Germany was reported in January when thousands of people, mainly environmentalists, protested the government's plan to raze Lutzerath village to expand a coal mine. The police claimed that the protesters went berserk while the agitators said that they were brutally thrashed, as per media reports. The village was evicted eventually.