Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was planning to meet the family members of the victims belonging to the Gond community who died in a clash over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district.
Senior party leaders said that Gandhi, who is also in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will visit Ubhbha village of Ghoraval tehsil in the district.
Ten persons were killed and over 24 injured in clashes over a land dispute in Sonbhadra district on Wednesday. According to reports, the incident took place when a dispute arose over a piece of land between the Gujjar and Gond communities.
Police has so far arrested 24 people in connection with the case for the mass murder and is conducting raids to nab all the accused. A case has been registered against 78 people in this connection, including 50 unidentified persons. The village head Yagdutt, his brother and others were charged under the SC/ST Act on the plea of a local named Lallu Singh.
According to police, two weapons used in the carnage have also been recovered. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also directed Director General of Police O.P. Singh to keep a close watch on the case.
Priyanka Gandhi was stopped on her way to Sonbhadra. The Congress general secretary sat on the road and protested until she was taken away in a government car to a guest house.
Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress in-charge of eastern UP, was seen in visuals sitting on a road in Mirzapur near Sonbhadra, surrounded by her security and Congress workers. “I only want to meet the affected families, whose members have been mercilessly shot dead. A boy of my son’s age was shot at and is lying in hospital. Tell me on what legal basis I have been stopped,” Priyanka Gandhi said.
She had landed in the morning at Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where she went to a hospital to see those wounded in the Sonbhadra massacre.
Later, as she headed for Sonbhadra 80 km away, reports emerged that gatherings had been banned at the district. “I am sitting peacefully, can someone please show me the order,” she said at the spot where her convoy was stopped.
As she was being taken away in a government official’s vehicle, she said: “I don’t know where they are taking me, we are ready to go anywhere.”
A police officer, Awadhesh Pandey, confirmed that “Priyanka-ji” had been taken into custody.
At the guest house where she was taken, Priyanka Gandhi told workers: “I only wanted to go to Sonbhadra so that people there don’t feel alone. I have been arrested and brought here but I will not leave this place till I meet with the families.” ‘
Her brother Rahul Gandhi called her “detention” disturbing. “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 government’s increasing insecurity in UP,” he tweeted.