Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Friday slammed the Uttar Pradesh Police over its behaviour with senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the Yamuna Expressway when he was on his way to meet the family of Hathras gangrape victim, who died earlier this week in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.
Raut said Rahul Gandhi is a senior national political leader and the way the UP Police behaved with him is totally unacceptable. Raut said Rahul’s collar was caught and he was pushed to the ground, it’s a gangrape of the country’s democracy which should be investigated.
Raut added that despite having differences with the Congress, whatever happened to Rahul Gandhi is not good, after all, he is the son of Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, who sacrificed so much for the country.
Rahul Gandhi was marching towards Hathras along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress general secretary of Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi was stopped by the police citing the imposition of Section 144 in the area. During the scuffle between the Congress supporters and the police, Gandhi could be seen falling in now-viral videos.
Later, the Gandhi siblings were taken away in a police jeep and kept in a guesthouse for some time. They were then released and escorted back to Delhi by UP police.
Soon after the incident, there was a huge outcry on social media over the incident. Several Congress and opposition leaders condemned the UP Police’s manhandling of Rahul Gandhi.
A first information report has been filed against Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and other supporters for violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code under which the gathering of more than four people is not allowed as well as the violation of the pandemic act.