Priyanka Sits ON Dharna Over Sonbhadra Killings IN Uttar Pradesh

Priyanka Meets UP Firing Victims' Kin

Priyanka Sits ON Dharna Over Sonbhadra Killings IN Uttar Pradesh
Amid the ongoing conflict between Uttar Pradesh government and opposition over Sonbhadra firing incident, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday met victims’ kin in Mirzapur after an hour-long drama and expressed her condolences to them.

On seeing the Congress leader, the women of the victims’ families were seen crying and a visibly moved Priyanka was seen consoling them and expressing her condolences.

She later returned to the Chunnar Guest House here, where she was taken to after she protested with supporters of her party, and spent the entire last night.

“Administration should have helped the victims’ families…they should have protected them. They should have extended help when they were facing the (Sonbhadra firing) incident. (Prasashan ko inki rakhwali karni chaiye. Jab inke sath hadsa ho raha tha, madad karni chaiye thi),” she said speaking to mediapersons here.

Families of victims of the Sonbhadra firing had on their own came to meet Priyanka today but only three of them were allowed to meet while 15 others were prevented from doing so by the police and administration. She urged media persons to put pressure on the administration to let the kin meet her.

“The families of those who were killed and injured have come from Sonbhadra to meet me on their own. Two relatives of the victims have come here to meet me but 15 others are not allowed to meet me, are being stopped. Even I am not allowed to meet them. I do not understand what the Uttar Pradesh government and police administration want,” she said while speaking to media persons here.

She further told media persons here, “Bhagwan jane inki mansikta kya hai? Aap thoda dabwav banayiya, unhe aana dijiye. Mere pichhe pade hain.” (God knows what their thought process is? You please put pressure, let them (kin of victims) come. They are after me.”

Meanwhile, a delegation including District Magistrate Ankit Agrawal and Vanaras SP visited the hospital where victims of Sonbhadra firing have been admitted and presently undergoing treatment.

However, a parliamentary delegation of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by party leader and Derek O’ Brien, which was on its way to Sonbhadra district to meet the families of those affected in the firing earlier this week, was stopped at the Varanasi airport today.

In a video message, the TMC leader said that police has detained the delegation and was not allowing them to meet the Sonbhadra firing incident victims.

Extending support to victims’ families, BSP supremo Mayawati had asked party Assembly members to provide all possible aid to them.


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