Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Home Latest india news Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi back in Delhi after UP Police block Hathras...

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi back in Delhi after UP Police block Hathras trip

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were released from detention by Uttar Pradesh Police a few hours after they were prevented from moving to Hathras to meet the family of the Dalit rape victim.

The Gandhis were prevented from driving down Yamuna Expressway beyond Pari Chowk in Greater Noida. They then walked down the highway.  The Congress leaders sat on the road with supporters after the police refused to let them continue.

There was high drama as well. Photos and videos showed Rahul Gandhi falling down as the police pushed him. Ahead of the Gandhis’ visit, the UP administration enforced a ban on large gatherings and put up barricades citing the Covid-19 pandemic. The police also imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Hathras, and sealed the borders of the district. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) will meet the deceased woman’s family on Thursday, and media would not be allowed.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president MK Stalin criticised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded his apology for the treatment meted out to Rahul Gandhi by the police.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticised the media for its coverage of the Gandhis’ march said that some media terms opposition presence as politicisation. Tharoor said the Opposition’s role was to stand up for the victims of a government which lets lawlessness run rife, denies any form of justice to the family and tries to cremate the truth.

The 19-year-old gangrape victim from Hathras died on Tuesday at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital. She had suffered multiple fractures, was paralysed 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.

On Thursday, a senior UP Police officer claimed the woman was not raped citing a forensic report which didn’t find evidence of such nature. But the police’s hurry in getting the remains of the victim cremated has added fuel to the outrage.

Most Popular

Five key differences between farmers’ protest and Shaheen Bagh (long read)

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and a few other states have been camping at the borders of Delhi against the Narendra Modi government's farm laws passed by Parliament in September.

Richa Chadda says she’s not scared after receiving threats over Madam Chief Minister poster

In a tweet shared with a clipping of a news article on a politician threatening to cut of the actress' tongue, Chadda wrote in hindi that she is not scared.

Liger: Karan Johar announces Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday film with fiery poster

The first look poster of Vijay Deverakonda’s upcoming film Liger was unveiled on Monday. The Puri Jagannadh directorial marks Deverakonda’s pan-India debut opposite Ananya Panday in the lead role.

Mamata Banerjee to contest against Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she would contest from Nandigram, the seat represented by rebel Suvendu Adhikari who joined BJP last month, in the upcoming Bengal Assembly Polls due by May.