New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday was detained on her way to visit the families of the victims who were shot in the firing massacre in UP’s Sonbhadra earlier this week.
As the death toll in the land dispute firing rose to ten, Priyanka arrived at Varanasi to address the issue. Priyanka, who is also the Congress-in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, was seen sitting on the roadside in Mirzapur near Sonbhadra where she was detained from visiting the families of the injured.
Moments before her arrival in Sonbhadra reports emerged stating that gatherings have been banned in the area. Moreover, Section 144 was soon imposed there prohibiting an assembly of more than four people at once.
The Congress leader was sitting on the roadside in a peaceful dharna surrounded by her guards and supporters from where she was taken into preventive custody.
On being questioned whether she was being arrested, Priyanka said, “Yes, we still won’t be cowed down. We were only going peacefully to meet victim families. I don’t know where are they taking me, we are ready to go anywhere.”
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, “The foundation of this incident was laid in 1955 when the then Tehsildar did the unlawful act of registering the land of Gram Samaj in the name of Adarsh Cooperative society.”
The Chief Minister taking expressing his condolences to the families promised justice to the families of those killed in the clash saying, “Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them.”
A total of 29 people have been arrested with the case for the mass murder, a single barrel gun, three double-barrel guns and a rifle was seized from Umbha village, where the incident happened. The deceased included three women while at least 24 others were injured.