Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on way to Sonbhadra to meet families of those killed in firing over a land dispute, was on Friday detained near Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur.
Priyanka sat on the road during a dharna with her supporters and was soon taken into preventive custody.
Uttar Pradesh administration has imposed Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in the area which prohibits assembly of 5 people at one place.
Speaking to media, Priyanka said, "Just want to go and meet the families of the victims(Sonbhadra firing case),I even said will take only 4 people with me.Yet administration is not letting us go there.They should tell us why we are being stopped.We will continue to sit here peacefully."
When asked if she has been arrested, Priyanka said, "Yes, we still won't be cowed down. We were only going peacefully to meet victim families. I don't know where are they taking me, we are ready to go anywhere."
"I don't know where are they taking me, we are ready to go anywhere," she added.
Earlier in the day, Priyanka met the victims belonging to the Gond community who were admitted at BHU Trauma Centre in Varanasi.
Hours after his sister's detention, Congress leader Rahul Gandh took to Twitter to say that it is an arbitrary application of power by the BJP which revels their increasing insecurity in the state.
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 Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP. pic.twitter.com/D1rty8KJVq— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 19, 2019
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.
WATCH: Priyanka Gandhi detained in Mirzapur