Meerut: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party's General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was stopped by Meerut police from entering the city on Tuesday last.
The Gandhi's were supposed to meet families of the victims of anti-CAA protest clashes that erupted in the city on December 20, in which five were killed, but Gandhi's convoy was stopped by the local police on the outskirts of the city.
Speaking over the incident Rahul Gandhi stated that the police could not produce any order prohibiting their entry but the convoy of visiting Congress members had to return to Delhi around 2:00 p.m. The Cops, however, have said that the delegation was informed about the prevailing sensitive condition in the city and they decided to leave on their own. According to the police officials, "Congress members were apprised about section 144 imposed in the City. They will be held liable if their arrival leads to any law and order situation. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi left on their own after being informed about this."
It is to be mentioned that the news of Congress team's visit led to a huge crowd of party members, anxious locals and media personnel gathering at the house of one of the deceased, Mohsin. The Gandhi's were expected to meet the families of all five victims at the same place.
The Congress Party member and former Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari has stated that the Meerut police gave them in writing that the situation was very tense and thus "they did not want us to visit the area. The police conveyed that Gandhis can meet the victim families in the next few days once the situation normalises," Tiwari stated. The Congress, however, is of opinion that they will try to meet the victim families again on Wednesday.