A delegation of party leaders led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will try to travel to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh and speak to the family of the 20-year-old Dalit woman who was gang raped and murdered, and whose body was then cremated at night by the police in a secretive ceremony.
The state administration has said that the delegation will would not be allowed to enter the village, access to which has been cut off by the UP government and in which prohibitory orders banning large gatherings is in force.
Union Minister Smriti Irani has attacked the Congress saying that the party was trying to politicise the issue.
Here are the LIVE updates on Hathras case:
Joint Magistrate Hathras Prem Prakash Meena had dismissed allegations by the victim’s family that they were locked up in their homes and their phones were taken away.
“The allegations by a boy who spoke to some reporters on Friday are baseless. If a child can escape, it shows there were no restrictions on the family. No phones were confiscated,” he told NDTV.
UP Police has closed all the lanes at Delhi-UP border; only one lane is open at DND flyover, which connects Delhi with Noida in UP. Police is checking every vehicle, Saurabh Shukla reports.
Very heavy police deployment at Delhi Noida Border @RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi will be stopped here , closer of lanes by UP Police has caused massive traffic as well @ndtv pic.twitter.com/xtpYUiraOL
– Saurabh shukla (@Saurabh_Unmute) October 3, 2020
Hathras Joint Magistrate Prem Prakash Meena has said that Rahul Gandhi would not be allowed to enter the village, access to which has been cut off by the UP government and in which prohibitory orders banning large gatherings is in force.
दुनिया की कोई भी ताक़त मुझे हाथरस के इस दुखी परिवार से मिलकर उनका दर्द बांटने से नहीं रोक सकती।
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 3, 2020
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will make another attempt this afternoon to travel to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh. The delegation of party leaders wants to speak to the family of the young woman.