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Amid protests over Hathras gang-rape incident, Section 144 imposed around India Gate, no gatherings allowed

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Delhi Police have announced that Section 144 CrPC has been imposed and no gathering is allowed around India Gate. The move comes after a demonstration was planned at the war memorial to protest against the Hathras gang-rape incident. Notably, last week Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) members burnt a tractor near India Gate while protesting against the farm Bills passed by the NDA government. The police have allowed a total of 100 people at Jantar Mantar.

“The general public is hereby informed that in view of DDMA order dated 03.09.2020 a total gathering up to 100 persons is permissible at the designated place i.e. Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.

“No gathering is permissible around India Gate due to imposition of Section 144 CrPC,” New Delhi DCP Eish Singhal tweeted.

Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders and activists on Thursday held protests across several parts of Uttar Pradesh against the alleged gang-rape and death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in UP.

Political leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and others have heavily criticised Yogi Adityanath-led government in UP.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14. The alleged rape victim was sent to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on September 28 with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and cuts in her tongue. She died late Monday night.

The Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has come under intense pressure and the cremation of the woman’s body in the dead of the night in Hathras, which was allegedly done under police pressure. 

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were briefly detained by UP Police at Yamuna Expressway on Thursday while they were walking towards Hathras to meet the family of the deceased gangrape victim. They were released and sent back to Delhi.



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