Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have been detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police whereas they have been on their approach to meet the household of Hathras gangrape sufferer.
The leaders have been detained as they have been strolling to their vacation spot after their autos have been stopped at Yamuna Expressway, citing imposition of Part 144.
The 19-year-old sufferer died at a Delhi hospital on Tuesday, a fortnight after she was allegedly gangraped and tortured by 4 higher caste males in UP’s Hathras.
After the Congress leaders introduced their resolution to go to the sufferer’s household, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi urged the opposition to not improve the strain via “political tourism”. Nonetheless, he didn’t title any social gathering. The state authorities was working to punish the criminals for his or her “barbarism”, he added.
Earlier within the day, Congress employees protested on the Delhi Noida Delhi (DND) flyway towards the gangrape. They blocked 5 lanes of the Delhi-Noida aspect of the flyway by squatting on the street.
“We demand President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh. We additionally demand security and safety of sufferer’s kin, as previously in UP, there have been situations the place rape sufferer’s kin have been murdered. The federal government also needs to give respectable compensation to the household,” UP Congress chief Badruddin Quraishi stated.
In the meantime, Rahul Gandhi stated he’ll march to Hathras alone in view of Part 144.
“I’m standing right here peacefully. I need to march alone to Hathras. Part 144 talks about public meeting. I’ll go alone to Hathras. On what foundation are you detaining me,” requested Rahul Gandhi in Hindi to the cops current on the scene.
The 2 leaders have been detained. Nonetheless, the Congress alleges that they’ve been arrested. The Uttar Pradesh Congress has referred to as for a statewide protest towards the police motion on Gandhis.
In one of many footage from the incident, the Congress chief is seen on the bottom. The social gathering employees and his safety males rapidly gathered round to assist shore him up.
Congress basic secretary KC Venugopal condemned the leaders’ arrest.
“The cowardly UP Govt has arrested Shri @RahulGandhi & Smt @PriyankaGandhi for in search of justice & making an attempt to satisfy the bereaved Hathras sufferer’s household. I attraction to all PCCs and @INCIndia employees to protest immediately towards the arrest of Rahul ji, Priyanka ji & different social gathering leaders,” tweeted Congress basic secretary KC Venugopal.