Priyanka Gandhi: Congress East UP General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday reached Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh to meet the kin of 10 people who were killed on July 17, in a firing incident over a land dispute. Priyanka arrived at the Babatpur Airport in Varanasi today morning where from she drove towards the Umbha village. Unlike earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Police allowed her to meet the families of 10 Gond tribals. Last month Priyanka had attempted to visit Sonbhadra but was stopped by the district administration. 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanatah has termed Priyanka’s visit as politically motivated and blamed the Congress for the massacre. He said that the grand-national party was responsible for the killing of 10 persons as they have laid the foundation for the conflict. He also slammed Congress for being against the minorities and termed the party as anti-Dalit.

UP CM met the families of tribals on July 21. He also announced the increase in compensation from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 18.5 lakh to each for the families of the deceased and Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 50,000 to those injured in the incident. During his visit, he had held Congress responsible for the massacre.

Earlier, when Priyanka was detained and not allowed to visit Sonbhadra, she had made it clear to not leave until she is allowed to meet the families. She had also said that she failed to understand why the government stopped her if she did not break any law or committed any crime. Her brother and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed her detention as illegal and disturbing. He had alleged BJP government of using arbitrarily power to stop Priyanka from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers.




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