Rahul Gandhi detained on way to Hathras; released later

Hathras: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi have been released from detention.

The two were detained on their way to Hathras after Rahul Gandhi accused the Uttar Pradesh police of pushing him to the ground and resorting to lathi-charge.

His sister, Priyanka Gandhi, was also accompanying him to meet the family of the woman who was gang-raped.

The two leaders were marching on the highway between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh after their convoy was stopped on its way to Hathras. The crime has provoked nation-wide outrage.

Rahul and Priyanka sat on the road with hundreds of supporters after the Uttar Pradesh police refused to let them continue.

Ahead of the Congress leaders' visit, the UP administration enforced a ban on large gatherings and put up barricades at the borders citing the coronavirus.