Oct. 1, 2020, 5:05 p.m.
New Delhi: Having taken Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into detention in order to prevent them from going to meet the gang rape victim’s family in Hathras on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh Police are scheduled to release them later in the day after bringing them to the national capital.
High drama had prevailed earlier on Thursday after Uttar Pradesh Police personnel pushed former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on to the ground near the Yamuna Expressway and detained him along with his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, while they were walking towards Hathras to meet the family of the rape victim.
Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior leaders had left Delhi on Thursday to meet the family of the Hathras rape victim.
However, they began marching towards Hathras after their vehicle was stopped near the Yamuna Expressway.
The convoy of the Congress leaders was stopped at the Yamuna Expressway near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida. Following this, the senior Congress leaders alighted from their vehicles and started walking.
However, after some time, the Uttar Police Police tried to stop them from even walking. Rahul Gandhi was allegedly pushed during the ensuing confusion and he fell down. After he was stopped by the Uttar Pradesh Police, hundreds of his supporters, including Rahul Gandhi, sat on the road.
“Just now police pushed me, lathi-charged me and threw me on the ground. I want to ask, can only (Narendra) Modiji walk in this country? Can’t a normal person walk? Our vehicle was stopped, so we started walking,” Rahul Gandhi later told the media.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were later taken into custody by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
Before being detained, the Congress leaders had a heated exchange with police personnel and enquired about the grounds on which they were being arrested.
The Congress leaders were detained as Section 144 had been imposed in Hathras after three policemen tested positive for coronavirus.
Before the visit of the Congress leaders, the UP administration banned large ceremonies and imposed barricades on the borders citing the coronavirus pandemic.