LIVE UPDATES: UP government blinks amidst resistance from Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra; removes blockade of village in Hathras

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The Uttar Pradesh government was forced to blink amidst sustained resistance from Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as it was forced to remove the blockade of the village in Hathras to allow politicians and media personnel to meet the alleged gang-rape victim’s family.

Saturday saw a high drama at the Delhi-Noida border near DND Flyway toll booth where the UP government had deployed a posse of the police force to ensure that Rahul and Priyanka were not allowed to enter the state in their bid to travel to Hathras. However, amidst continued resistance from the Congress leaders, the blockade was lifted and the brother-sister duo was allowed to travel to Hathras, where they met the grieving family.

UP government deployed hundreds of police personnel at Delhi-Noida border

The photos of Rahul and Priyanka consoling the grieving family went viral on social media, earning them plenty of plaudits for their sensitivities and compassion.

Rahul Gandhi giving patient hearing to the victim’s father

Rahul tweeted, “I met the family of Hathras and understood their pain. I assured them that I was standing with them in their difficult times and will help them get justice. The UP government wouldn’t be able to do according to their whims and fancies because the whole country is united in getting the country’s daughter justice.”

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hugging the victim’s mother in Hathras village

Meanwhile, the state government has suspended many police personnel, including the superintendent of police after it received the preliminary report from the SIT probing the case.

LIVE UPDATES on this and day’s other big stories will appear below:

23.17 PM: Delhi court sends former JNU student leader Umar Khalid to judicial custody for 14 days in case related to communal violence in north east Delhi in February, directs prison authorities to provide him adequate security (PTI)

17:27 PM: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad meets family of the alleged gangrape victim in #Hathras. He says,”I demand ‘Y security’ for the family or I’ll take them to my house, they aren’t safe here. We want an inquiry to be done under the supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge” (ANI)

16:46 PM: In a setback to the NDA in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party has decided to contest state elections alone. Chirag Paswan’s party will field candidates against Nitish Kumar’s JDU but not the BJP in the upcoming polls.

16:01 PM: Former MP and Ajit Singh’s son, Jayant Chaudhary, faces brutal lathi-charge by UP Police personnel in Hathras village as he interacted with media. His supporters had to form a human shield to protect him from the wrath of the UP Police. Chaudhary is the grandson of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. (Video: Journalist Anuja Jaiswal)

15:59 PM: Why are farmers agitating if new farm laws are meant for them, asks Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at public meeting in Punjab’s Moga (PTI)

14:21 PM: Maharashtra: 21-year-old man arrested for allegedly taking photographs of a defence area at Deolali in Nashik and sending the pictures in a Pakistani WhatsApp group. (PTI)

14:12 PM: #SurendraSingh, #BJP MLA from #Balliya, has said that incidents like the alleged gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in #Hathras can be stopped only if parents inculcate good values in their daughters. (IANS)

13:13 PM: COVID-19: Schools in Delhi to remain closed till October 31, say Delhi govt officials. (PTI)

12:23 PM: Biju Janata Dal MLA Pradeep Maharathy dies at private hospital in Bhubaneswar, say family sources. (PTI)

11:58 AM: A 16-year-old girl has forwarded a complaint of #gangrape to the #Bulandshahr police on #WhatsApp after she was found pregnant. The teen has claimed she was raped multiple times by three men during a course of over one-and-half years. (IANS)

दिल्ली

11:13 AM: Left and Congress to organise state-wide protests on October 6 against alleged gangrape of Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, besides incidents of rape and murder in West Bengal. (PTI)

10:36 AM: Single day spike of 75,829 COVID-19 cases, 940 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 65,49,373, death toll to 1,01,782: Govt. (PTI)

कोरोना वायरस

09:57 AM: Two Navy personnel died as a glider on routine flight crashed in Kochi on Sunday morning: Defence spokesperson. (PTI)

09:24 AM: Aligarh: A 4-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her relative in a village under limits of Khair police station. Police say, “The girl is admitted to a hospital and is stable. We have registered an FIR and will nab the accused soon.” (ANI)

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