January 29, 2023

Congress march to Hathras: Rahul Gandhi shoved by cops, falls amid melee on Yamuna Expressway

(1/8) Amid the widespread outrage over the alleged gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman from Hathras, vehicles of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who were on their way to Hathras to meet the family the victim, were stopped in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida on Thursday. They were taken away by the police to Buddh International Circuit guest house after scuffle broke between Congress leaders and police. ( Photo source: INC)

(2/8) When Rahul asked why was he being stopped as he wanted to go to Hathras alone and not intending to violate Section 144, the police told him that they were arresting him under Section 188 IPC for violation of an order. (Photo source: INC)

(3/8) Rahul Gandhi fell to the ground after he was pushed by the UP police.

(4/8) Gandhi’s proceeded on foot after their cars were stopped by authorities. “Since our cars have been stopped, we will walk down to Hathras as we want to meet the victim’s family. We want to express our condolences to the family,” Priyanka Gandhi had said. (Photo source: INC)

(5/8) Priyanka Gandhi said her party will continue to fight till women’s safety is ensured in Uttar Pradesh and unless the government is shaken and woken up, it will not do anything on this front. Talking to reporters while walking on the Yamuna Expressway towards Hathras, she said, “UP CM Adityanath would have to do something for women’s safety. We will continue to fight till the time he does something.” (Photo source: INC)

(6/8) The Uttar Police also lathi-charged a few Samajwadi Party workers on NH- 93. They were trying to reach the victim’s house. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

(7/8) The Opposition parties, including the Congress, SP, BSP, and AAP, have targeted the government for the alleged “forced cremation” of the victim. ( Express Photos by Gajendra Yadav)

(8/8) On Wednesday, following a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath formed a three-member SIT to investigate the incident and asked it to submit a report within seven days. Facing protests and widespread outrage, the state also said it would set up a fast track court to hear the case. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)