Rahul Gandhi detained on his way to Hathras, asks on what grounds?

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Rahul Gandhi stopped outside Hathras (Image: Twitter)
Rahul Gandhi stopped outside Hathras (Image: Twitter)

Hathras : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was detained in Hathras as he made an attempt to meet the family of gangrape victim on Thursday.

Mr Gandhi alleged that he was pushed to the ground and lathi charged when he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi were marching between UP and Delhi highway to meet the victim's family.

The Gandhis sat on the road with hundreds of supporters after the Uttar Pradesh police refused to let them continue.

"Just now police pushed me, lathicharged me and threw me to the ground. I want to ask, can only Modi Ji walk in this country? Can't a normal person walk? Our vehicle was stopped, so we started walking," Rahul Gandhi said, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ahead of their visit, the administration had banned public gatherings in the region and had barricaded the area on grounds of coronavirus.

The Samajwadi Party also protested at the Hathras border, where they were stopped from proceeding to the woman's village. Since morning, the media has been barred from the village.

UP Police has claimed that the restrictions are in place since September 1 and have been extended till October 31.

A senior official claimed several policemen had shown Covid symptoms. However, the Congress alleged these were tactics to prevent the Gandhis from entering the village.

A 20-year-old girl was gangraped and brutally tortured by four men of their village. After two weeks, she died in a Delhi hospital. What outraged the nation was the way UP Police officials cremated her body at midnight in the absence of her family members.