New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who has been detained under Section 188 IPC, was roughed up by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday at the Yamuna Expressway while he was on his way to meet the Hathras victim's family members.   

The video of the incident was shared by news agency ANI where Gandhi can be seen getting roughed up by police officials at the Yamuna Expressway.

Gandhi, who was on his way to meet the Hathras victims family along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, asked the cops on what ground he was detained. Media reports suggest that the two have been taken to the F1 guesthouse in the Yamuna Expressway and they will be released shortly. 

Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi also released some pictures of the incident and claimed that several Congress workers were allegedly thrashed by the UP Police when they were on their way to meet the victim's family members in Hathras. "They prevented us from going to Hathras. When we all set out by foot with Rahul ji, we were stopped repeatedly, lathis were used. Many workers have been injured," she tweeted in Hindi.

Priyanka also attacked the Yogi Adityanath government in the state over the deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh and said that the chief minister "need to do something to protect the womein in the state".

"You claim to be the protectors of the Hindu religion, we are Hindus, but where has it been written that you cannot allow a father to lit the pyre of his daughter and not allow the family to cremate the victim?," Gandhi said in a statement, as reported by news agency PTI.

Several Congress leaders also came in support of the Gandhis and attacked the UP government. "I condemn the assault by UP Police on our leader @RahulGandhi who is fighting to get justice for Hathras rape victim. Under what law has he been detained? Why are he & @priyankagandhi not being allowed to meet victim's family? Why is the PM not speaking about 'Beti Bachao' now?," said Karnataka Congress President D K Shivakumar.

"I condemn strongly the way UP police has detained Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ji & Priyanka Gandhi ji illegally. They misbehaved with Rahul ji. This is undemocratic & brutal use of force. UP BJP Govt’s attempt to harass opposition leaders like this is reprehensible," said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14 and referred to the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi on Monday with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and cuts in her tongue. She died at around 3 am on Tuesday.

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