NOIDA: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left for Hathras from Delhi on Saturday night after the Uttar Pradesh Police allowed solely five celebration representatives to proceed, citing CrPC Section 144 restrictions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Congress leaders are headed to Hathras in western UP to meet the household of a 19-year-old Dalit lady who died on Tuesday in a Delhi hospital, a fortnight after she was allegedly raped by 4 males exterior her village.

“CrPC Section 144 has been imposed in Noida, Greater Noida as well as in Hathras and some other districts in Uttar Pradesh due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Considering the social distancing and other related norms, permission has been granted for five people, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,” Police Commissioner Alok Singh instructed PTI.

Meanwhile, UP Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, who was in Hathras on Saturday, additionally instructed reporters that “any group with not more than five people” is allowed to meet the sufferer’s household.

Earlier, the DND toll plaza on the Delhi-Noida border had nearly was a fortress with heavy police deployment in anti-riot gear forward of the motion of Congress representatives.

Hundreds of Congress and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) employees had additionally gathered on the DND, elevating slogans in opposition to the BJP authorities in UP over the Hathras case and for allegedly stopping their celebration leaders from assembly the sufferer’s household.

Some celebration employees additionally alleged that policemen had hit them with batons throughout skirmish whereas Congress leaders have been making an attempt to cross over to the UP aspect from Delhi to proceed for Hathras, some 180 km away from right here.