Sonbhadra Carnage/ Priyanka Gandhi meets 2 members of affected families, says administration did not allow 15 others

Lucknow: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the two members of Sonbhadra firing victims on Saturday after she continued her sit-in protest along with party workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Chunar fort. However, she alleged 15 others were not allowed to meet her. On the other hand, the Uttar Pradesh administration has claimed that they had brought the victims’ kin to meet Priyanka.

Priyanka, who was stopped on Friday when she was on her way to meet the families affected by the Sonbhadra shootout, spent the night at a guest house in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh where senior government officials met her late night.

However, talks between Gandhi and the government officials failed after the Congress leader told them she won’t leave without meeting the affected families.

In a series of late-night tweets, the 47-year-leader said Braj Bhushan, Varanasi Additional Director General of Police, along with other senior government officials, came to meet her at around 12 am at Chunar Fort, where she was taken after she was stopped earlier on Friday.

‘Officers have not explained why they have taken me in custody’

“UP Government sent Varanasi ADG Brish Bhushan, Varanasi Commissioner Deepak Agrawal, DIG Mirzapur to tell me that I should leave without meeting the affected families. They are sitting here since the last one hour. They have not explained why they have taken me in custody, they have also not handed me any papers,” Gandhi, who is the Congress in-charge of eastern UP, wrote in one of the tweets in Hindi.

‘My arrest is illegal in all ways’

“According to my lawyers, my arrest is illegal in all ways. They have passed on the government’s message to me that I can’t meet the affected families,” Gandhi wrote.

“I told them clearly that I did not come here to break any laws but came only to meet the affected families. I have told them I won’t go without meeting the affected families,” she said in another tweet.

Gandhi also tweeted a video of the senior police officers and top government officials leaving the fort at around 1:15 am after meeting her.

Priyanka was on Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, triggering a standoff with the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh.

Jungle raj prevails in UP: Cong

The Congress Saturday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh wants to “deport” party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra so that she cannot meet the victims of the Sonbhadra clash.

The party also alleged that jungle raj was prevalent in the state and the government had failed to take action against the guilty.

Cong delegation meets Governor

Meanwhile, Congress delegation led by Pramod Tiwari met Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik over Sonbhadra firing incident that claimed lives of 10 people.