Rahul Gandhi dares Modi 'will not allow chowkidar to do chori', arrested..Cong protests outside CBI offices..VIDEOS,PICS

New Delhi, Oct 26: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday was arrested along with other leaders after Congress led a noisy protest march by the opposition against the government move to strip CBI Director Alok Verma of his power. Rahul Gandhi said  that it was an attempt to prevent CBI investigation into the Rafale deal.

The short march from Dayal Singh College to the CBI headquarters in south Delhi's Lodhi Road area , and Rahul Gandhi was joined by several opposition leaders including former Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India's D. Raja.

An estimated 3,000 Congress activists took part in the protest, shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Congress leaders also protested outside all Central Bureau of Investigation offices across the country.

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar led the protest march in Lucknow.

Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that Verma was "removed in panic" because he was going to begin a probe into the controversial Rafale deal that the Congress leader claimed would have been "suicidal" for Modi.

In a dramatic midnight action, the government on Tuesday night divested CBI chief Verma of his charge and made Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao the interim director.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision as the war between Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other.Asthana was also divested of all supervisory charges on Tuesday.

News24 Bureau/ IANS