Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi reach Hathras victim's hometext_fields
New Delhi: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi reach Hathras victim's home. Earlier UP Police had stopped the cavalcade and allowed five persons including Rahul and Priyanka to go to meet the family of the alleged gangrape victim of Hathras.
"A group of five persons can meet the victim's family" said , Awanish K Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary(ACS) of Home Department, Government of Uthar Pradesh
Congress workers stopped by the Police at Delhi-Noida flyway. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway on Saturday afternoon as their cavalcade moved on the 9.2 km stretch to meet the kin of the 19-year-old Hathras girl who died four days ago following alleged gang-rape by 'upper-caste men'.
The eight-lane flyway almost came to a standstill as the police closed all exit toll gates of the DND with barricadings all across to stop the movement of Rahul and Congress General Secretary Priyanka - the second such attempt by the Gandhi siblings in a week.
Meanwhile Awanish K Awasthi, ACS of the State visited the family of the alleged gangrape victim in Hathras.
"We met the family of the victim and assured them that stringent action will be taken against the guilty. SIT is investigating the case. Statements of the family members being recorded", reacted Awasthi before media after the visit.
Before moving to Hathras, Priyanka on Saturday made it clear that she will meet the victim's family "even if the police does not allow her to go there".
"I will visit Hathras at any cost even if the police does not allow us", reacted Priyanka before leaving the Congress headquarters here along with Rahul in their Toyota Innova vehicle.
Priyanka drove the vehicle with her brother Rahul sitting next to her. Along with the two leaders, dozens of Congress MPs including Shashi Tharoor are also travelling to Hathras.
"It is a terrible incident and we have to show our respect for the girl. Whatever has happened, nothing worse can happen in this country." said Tharoor
On Friday, Priyanka Gandhi visited Delhi's Valmiki temple to attend a prayer meeting for the girl who died on Tuesday at a government hospital in Delhi.
Priyanka has said that the family of the victim should not feel alone at this point of time.
On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi was pushed to the ground by Uttar Pradesh Police personnel when he was marching towards Hathras after their vehicles were stopped on the Yamuna Expressway in Gautam Budh Nagar.
Uttar Pradesh Police personnel had sealed the village barring the entry of any mediapersons for the last two days. However, the media was allowed to enter the village earlier today.
The 19-year-old girl, who died on Tuesday at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, suffered fractures, paralysis and a spinal injury after the savage assault.
(With inputs from IANS and ANI)