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New Delhi, May 16, 2020
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met a group of migrant labourers walking back to their village in Uttar Pradesh near the Sukhdev Vihar flyover near the Delhi-Faridabad border here today and interacted with them for an hour.
The party on Saturday released photographs and video clips of Gandhi talking with the group, including women and children, who were walking from their work site near Ambala in Haryana to their village near Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, a distance of more than 700 km.
The Congress leader sat on the pavement on the Mathura Road with the group and heard them out, said a party leader.
The Congress later alleged that the police had taken the labourers in preventive custody following "directions from the top" to do so.
Later, the opposition party arranged transport to send the group to their destination.
"Adhering strictly to the law, at the request of Rahul Gandhi, volunteers of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee have stepped up to help the migrants returning to their native villages," said a close aide of the Congress leader.
Gandhi on Tuesday visited the Delhi Congress office to take stock of help provided by the party workers to migrant workers and also interacted with volunteers.