Congress leader Rahul Gandhi detained
Published: 04:30 PM, 1 October 2020 Updated: 05:56 PM, 1 October 2020
Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
India's Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were detained for defying a ban on large gatherings.
Uttar Pradesh police arrested the duo on Thursday when they were going to Hathras to meet the family of the gang rape victim who died on Tuesday in a Delhi hospital and whose dead-of-night cremation by the UP police has provoked nationwide outrage.
Rahul Gandhi alleged that he was pushed to the ground and lathi-charged when he and Priyanka Gandhi were marching on the highway after their convoy was stopped by Uttar Pradesh police.
"Why are you arresting me? What are the grounds for the arrest? Please tell the media," the former Congress president said in a heated exchange with policemen, who said that they were charging him with "Section 188" - a law on defying official orders.