New Delhi: After a full-blown drama erupted near Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday where Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi was detained from visiting families of those injured in the firing incident, a number of political leaders, including a Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation, showed solidarity with the families affected.Also Read - From Pink Patrolling to Smart Control Room: 5 Initiatives UP is Taking to Maximise Women's Safety

A four-member parliamentary delegation of the TMC landed in Varanasi on Saturday to head for the trauma centre, and then Sonbhadra where the firing incident took place. The delegation was also detained at the Varanasi airport without telling them the section under which they were arrested. Also Read - 4 Arrested For Offering Namaz At Mosque In Taj Mahal's Premises

Derek O’Brien, who is leading the TMC delegation said, “We have told them that we will cooperate, wish to meet injured and then proceed to Sonbhadra to meet and give confidence to grieving families.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Presents Rs 6.15 Lakh Crore Budget | 20 Key Highlights Here

Congress leaders Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh, Deepender Singh Hooda and Jitin Prasada also going to meet Priyanka Gandhi in Chunar, Uttar Pradesh.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and former UP CM Mayawati reacted to the incident saying, “The UP Government is not allowing anyone to go to Sonbhadra by resorting to Section 144 to hide their failure in the safety and security of a public property.”

She asserted that the Adityanath government’s negligence in the main reason that caused such a massacre.

Following the act of “lawlessness” as the Congress put it, the party released a press briefing on the illegal arrest of Priyanka Gandhi. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of turning the state into “Apradh Pradesh” (crime state) where goons rule right under the nose of the chief minister.

“There is complete lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh. Should a government like that be allowed to stay in power even for a day on ethical grounds?” he added.

“BJP government fails to prevent Sonbhadra massacre! BJP government fails to act against guilty! BJP government illegally arrests Priyankaji for wanting to meet families!…” Surjewala wrote in a Twitter post.

Reacting to his sister’s arrest, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP.”

Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra also extended his support slamming her detention in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. In a Facebook post, Vadra said, “Is it a crime to support the poor in Uttar Pradesh now? Someone tell me what is Priyanka’s crime?”

Following her arrest, scores of Congress activists led by the party’s Delhi unit working president Haroon Yusuf burnt an effigy of Adityanath near the BJP’shead office.

Priyanka was detained and stopped at Narainpur on Varanasi-Mirzapur road on Friday on her way to the spot where the incident took place. The firing, that killed 11 people, took place in Umbha village in Sonbhadra district in a violent clash over a land dispute.

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  • 3:27 PM IST

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be visiting Kashi Vishwanath temple and Kaal Bhairav temple, in Varanasi to offer prayers, later today.

  • 3:23 PM IST

  • 2:34 PM IST

    Priyanka Gandhi has decided to leave for Delhi but promises to return to the families of those affected in the firing.

  • 2:03 PM IST

    UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma reacting to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meeting those affected in Sonabhadra firing incident said, “Section 144 is imposed there, if you go to fulfil your political intentions, then it’s not right. No one should do politics on sensitive issues. Our govt is committed to maintain peace.”

  • 1:55 PM IST

  • 1:49 PM IST

    Priyanka Gandhi met the kin of the firing victims at her Chunar guesthouse where she was detained. The family members of the Sonbhadra shootout victims came to meet her after learning of her arrest.

  • 1:14 PM IST

    Trinamool Congress leaders Derek O’Brien, Sunil Mondal and Abhir Ranjan Biswas continue their dharna near Varanasi airport. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said, “We were detained in the airport soon after we arrived. Now they have allowed us to go to Chunar.”

  • 12:32 PM IST

    Congress leaders Deepender Singh Hooda, Mukul Wasnik, Raj Babbar, Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh, Jitin Prasada and Rajeev Shukla have also been detained at Varanasi airport by police. They were on their way to Sonbhadra to meet the victims of firing case.

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    “The administration should have controlled the situation and provided security to the family of the victims. They should have been helped when they needed it. God knows what is their mentality. They are the ones who need to be questioned, not me,” Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says as she lashes at Yogi government.