Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Uttar Pradesh’s state security personnel had carried out rape and killing in the Greater Noida
village of Bhatta Parsaul, but women interviewed by the media in the village have allegedly denied that any such incidents took place, though villagers were beaten up harshly.
Just after May 7, when Uttar Pradesh
authorities cracked down on protesting villagers over land issues, Rahul Gandhi, while producing photographs taken by farmers and journalists, reportedly said that the police, while taking action, had killed more people than accounted for, and that women had been molested.
government has gone into a tizzy after Rahul met the Prime Minister on Monday with villagers from the village.
In his initial reported statement, Gandhi had said, "74 stacks of hay were set on fire. There were bones in them. Women too were raped." But on May 18, the Congress spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi told the media that Rahul had been misquoted by the media.
"Mr Rahul had said that there was a 70-foot diameter mound of ashes. That's what he said. And I don't know how 70 became 74 and ashes became bodies. This is a very serious matter. What has been printed or broadcasted, we deny it 100 per cent. I've checked thoroughly, I suggest you do too and look at the footage," said Dwivedi, as reported by a newspaper.