Priyanka Gandhi dharna Highlights: Congress leader calls off strike after meeting families of Sonbhadra shootout victims

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Updated: July 20, 2019 2:10:27 pm

Priyanka Gandhi Detained: Relatives of Sonbhadra shootout victims met Congress general secretary UP East Priyanka Gandhi at a guesthouse in Chunar. On Wednesday, 10 people were killed in a shootout over a land dispute in Sonbhadra.

Priyanka Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi dharna, Priyanka Gandhi Varanasi, Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra, Priyanka Gandhi detainedCongress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sits in protest after she was stopped from proceeding to Sonbhadra to meet victims of clash that claimed 10 lives.

Priyanka Gandhi detained: A day after high voltage drama in Mirzapur, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday afternoon called her strike. This comes after relatives of Sonbhadra shooting victims reached Chunar where they met the Congress leader at a guesthouse. Priyanka was stopped on Friday when she was on her way to Sonbhadra to meet the victims’ families. She reached Varanasi airport in the afternoon and went to BHU Trauma Centre where she met the injured people. After meeting the injured persons, Priyanka resumed her road journey to Sonbhadra but she was detained in Mirzapur by the administration. The Congress leader then sat on a strike and spent the night at a guest house in Chunar of Mirzapur district. Meanwhile, the Congress has alleged that Yogi Adityanath government wants to deport Priyanka so that she can’t meet the victims, adding that ‘jungle raj’ (misrule) was prevalent in the state under the BJP government as it has failed to take action against the guilty.

Earlier this week, 10 people including three women were gunned down in a clash between Gond and Gujjar communities over a land dispute in Sonebhadra. Police said that 29 people, including the kingpin Yogesh Dutt, have been arrested in connection with the violence. A case has been filed against 78 people.

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    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leaves after visiting the victims of Sonbhadra incident, where 10 people were killed in a shootout this week over a land dispute, at BHU Trauma Centre in Varanasi on Friday.Tension persists in Sonbhadra following the shootout as the villagers and administration are locked in a standoff over the burial of the dead. The villagers had resisted an attempt by a village pradhan to take control of 90 bighas of a disputed plot of land in Sonbhadra district's Ghorawal area on July 17. The pradhan's henchmen then opened fire on the protesting villagers killing 10 and injuring nearly 20 others. The administration has imposed Section 144 in Sonbhadra. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assured strict action against all the accused, adding that the dispute on the piece of land was continuing since 1955.
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