Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was hit with a lathi and fell to the ground by Uttar Pradesh police after he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi and dozens of party workers were unable to walk. on the Delhi-Noida road to Hathras to meet the family of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped and died in a Delhi hospital earlier this week.
The two leaders were arrested. However, Congress alleges that Gandhi has been arrested. The police arrested Gandhi, citing the imposition of Article 144, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people.
Footage from the scene showed Rahul Gandhi being held by the police, in one shot he is seen crashing while a policeman clings to the chief’s kurta to prevent it from falling. In the next snapshot, the leader of Congress is on the ground. Party workers and his security guards quickly gathered to help comfort him.
Gandhi said that he would walk peacefully on his own to Hathras, as he would not violate article 144 prohibiting public gatherings. He demanded to know under what law he was arrested.
“I am here in peace. I want to walk alone and peaceful to Hathras. What are they holding me on?” Rahul Gandhi asked in Hindi to the police present at the scene.
“The CM has spoken to the father of the deceased woman of Hathras. Her father asked for the harshest penalty against the accused. The CM assured him that the most stringent action shall be taken against the accused and all possible help shall be provided to the family of the deceased,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said yesterday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to the CM and asked him to ensure strict action against the accused.