Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was arrested for violating the ban on large gatherings. “I am just happy to be here. Then I will go alone. “I will walk to Hatras alone from here,” Rahul Gandhi told police.
He was pushed to the ground in a brawl with Uttar Pradesh police after he, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadran and a number of party workers stopped a march on the Delhi-Noida highway to meet the family in Hatras. A victim of gang rape who died on Tuesday.
Footage shows the Congressman being pushed and pushed as he tries to resist the police. A 50-year-old man was seen falling to the ground during the collision. Other members of Congress helped him.
Priyanka Gandhi alleged that she was also pushed and there were attempts to throw her to the ground.
“Why are you arresting me? What are the grounds for the arrest? What law am I violating,” Rahul Gandhi said in a heated exchange with policemen, who said that they were charging him with “Section 188” a law on defying official orders?
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were travelling to Hathras in a convoy when their vehicles were stopped in Noida near Delhi, at a point around 142 km from their destination.
They both got off their car and started marching with Congress workers. Soon, a large contingent of UP policemen blocked their way and tried to push them back.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said: “The Gandhis are preparing to march alone. What is Ajay Singh Bisht, alias Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister) afraid of?”
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Ahead of the Congress leaders’ planned visit, the UP administration this morning enforced a ban on large gatherings and put up barricades at the borders citing the coronavirus. Roads to Hathras were also blocked.
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