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Rahul Gandhi meets migrants, Congress says police tried to detain them

Rahul Gandhi spoke to a group of migrant workers, who are among hundreds on Delhi roads unable to afford train fares and trying to walk back to their home states.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2020 9:01:11 am
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The Congress alleged Sunday that police tried to detain migrant workers who interacted with party leader Rahul Gandhi at Mathura Road on Saturday — a charge denied by the Delhi Police.

Rahul spoke to a group of migrant workers, who are among hundreds on Delhi roads unable to afford train fares and trying to walk back to their home states.

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“Rahul Gandhi met some labourers, spoke to them, and left. Local police were present and there were some Congress workers too, who wanted to take the workers with them in a car. We told them that everyone can’t be put in one car and that they have to follow social distancing norms. They got more cars and the labourers left in those cars,” DCP (Southeast) RP Meena said.

Police also shared videos of migrant workers getting into cars and being driven away.

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Congress workers, however, claimed police had first tried to take the migrant workers away in a bus.

“After Rahul Gandhi left, police came and asked the people who were speaking to us to get into a police bus. Messages were sent out to party people and cars were arranged and the workers were taken where they wanted to go,” claimed a party official.

Rahul met with a group of people for around an hour on the footpath at Mathura Road. “He had an impromptu hour-long meeting with a group of 20 migrants, including women and children, walking from their work site near Ambala to their village near Jhansi — a distance of over 700 kilometres… While adhering strictly to the law, at the request of Mr Gandhi, volunteers from the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee stepped up to help the group get back to their village,” the Congress leader’s office said.

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