High drama prevailed on Thursday after the Uttar Pradesh Police personnel allegedly pushed former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the ground on the Yamuna Expressway and detained him while he was moving towards Hathras to meet the family of the gang-rape rape victim.
Rahul Gandhi, along with 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.
Visuals of the incident that have now become viral on social media clearly show Uttar Pradesh Police personnel pushing both Rahul and Priyanka. After the push, Rahul can be seen falling on the ground.
Later Rahul Gandhi told the media, “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.”
The Uttar Pradesh Police personnel also told Rahul Gandhi that he was being detained as he was marching in an area where section 144 has been imposed. The section bars the assembly of not more than five people in one place.
Gandhi said that even if Section 144 had been imposed, he will walk alone towards Hathras to meet the family of the rape victim. The Congress leaders then had a heated exchange with police personnel.
According to Ranvijay Singh, Additional DCP, Gautam Budh Nagar, Rahul Gandhi has been taken into custody and he won`t be allowed to go further as the police have a letter from DM Hathras saying that if Gandhi goes there, it may disturb the law and order situation in the district.
Also, there is the issue of providing security cover, he added. At the moment, Rahul Gandhi has been put at the Formula One Guesthouse.
Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Rajiv Shukla and several other top leaders were walking towards Hathras to meet the family of the victims a day after the last rites of the rape victim was allegedly performed during the night in the absence of her family members.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has alleged that Rahul, Priyanka and others have been arrested by the UP Police.