Hathras rape case update: Rahul Gandhi alleged that he was pushed to the ground and was lathi-charged - NDTV
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been detained on his way to Hathras after he accused the Uttar Pradesh police of pushing him to the ground and resorting to lathi-charge. His sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, was also accompanying him to meet the family of the woman who was gangraped.
The two leaders were marching on the highway between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh after their convoy was stopped on its way to Hathras. The crime has provoked nationwide outrage. The Gandhis sat on the road with hundreds of supporters after the Uttar Pradesh police refused to let them continue, reports NDTV.
Ahead of the Congress leaders' visit, the UP administration enforced a ban on large gatherings and put up barricades at the borders citing the coronavirus. Even as Congress workers blocked roads and chanted slogans, the Gandhis' SUV crossed the border, but their convoy was stopped at Greater Noida, at a point that is about 142 km to Hathras. The Gandhis then got off the vehicle and started walking with scores of Congress workers.
The young woman died on Tuesday at a hospital in Delhi. She had suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and had been left struggling to breathe by a neck injury when she was assaulted by four upper caste men from her village on September 14. The police said there was a gash in her tongue because she had bitten it when the men were trying to strangle her.