Ahead of Gandhis visit, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and the borders have been sealed. Gandhis want to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district
Lucknow: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, whose march with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to Hathras was stopped, alleged that the police lathicharged and pushed him to the ground. In the latest update, Rahul Gandhi has been arrested by UP Police on his way to Hathras to meet gang rape victim's family.
Gandhis had begun a march to Hathras after their cars were stopped by authorities. Later, both Rahul and Priyanka tweeted slamming the Uttar Pradesh government for trying to stop them.
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.
Ahead of Gandhis visit, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and the borders have been sealed. Gandhis want to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district. The victim’s family also alleged that the UP Police had cremated her forcibly without their permission.
Meanwhile, in the latest development of the case, UP Additional Director General of Police said that forensic report makes it clear that the woman was not raped.
“Postmortem report says victim died due to her neck injury. FSL report hasn't found sperm in samples, making it clear that some ppl twisted the matter to stir caste-based tension. Such people will be identified and legal action will be taken,” said ADG Prshant Kumar.
In other development, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief in connection with the Hathras rape. NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance in connection with the “gang rape and brutality of a 19-year-old woman belonging to the Scheduled Caste in Hathras district”, the rights panel said in a statement.
Last Updated 1, Oct 2020, 3:45 PM