The Congress leader also said that the matter should be investigated thoroughly and if the allegations are found true, then action should be initiated. He, however, admitted that since Rahul Gandhi was not at the scene and went after the incident, he must have said what was told to him by the locals.
Meanwhile, senior UP officials rejected the charges levelled by Gandhi, saying that it was unfortunate that the Congress leader could not differentiate between dry cow dung cakes and funeral pyre ash.
To ensure that no aspersions could be cast on the conduct of UP police, the district administration has also collected samples of ash from Bhatta village and the same has been sent to CFSL, Agra.
Police officials also said that no complaint of missing persons has been filed with Gautam Budh Nagar police and if such a matter is reported it will be investigated, they said.
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