Rahul Gandhi quotes Mahatma Gandhi, says "won't bow down"

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Rahul Gandhi during scuffle with policeman
Rahul Gandhi during scuffle with policeman

New Delhi : A day after he was detained and sent back to Delhi, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said he "won't bow down to any sort of injustice". 

Rahul Gandhi, along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi was holding a march on Thursday to the village where a 20-year-old woman was gang raped and tortured. They intended to meet the family of the victim girl.

"I won't be afraid of anyone in the world. I won't bow down to any sort of injustice. I will defeat lies with the power of truth, and will face all the struggles while fighting untruth... Heartiest greetings on Gandhi Jayanti," Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi this morning, invoking  Mahatma Gandhi on his 151st birth anniversary.

In a video from Thursday event, Rahul Gandhi was seen involved in a physical fight with the police officials restraining his entry in UP. He was pushed and was seen falling on the ground.

Both Mr Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were briefly detained for violating ban on large gathering amid pandemic. 

"Why are you arresting me? What are the grounds for the arrest? What law am I violating," Rahul Gandhi said yesterday afternoon during the heated exchange with policemen, who said that they were charging him with "Section 188" - a law on defying official orders.

Later, a case was filed against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for violations under the Epidemic Act.

The incident was condemned by several political leaders. "Reckless behavior of UP police towards Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is extremely condemnable. It is reprehensible for those who are supposed to uphold the law to trample upon democratic values in such a manner," tweeted NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav wrote: "It is the duty and democratic right of the Opposition parties to protest against every indiscriminate misuse of power by the oppressive regime! Voice and will of the people cannot be silenced or suppressed! We unequivocally condemn the arrest of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi (sic)."