Sonbhadra massacre: After she resolved that she will not leave unless she was allowed to meet families of those killed, few members from the families came forward to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday morning. However, they were stopped before they could meet her.
Priyanka Gandhi ended her dharna after she met the families. She said the purpose of her visit was fulfilled. Priyanka Gandhi said that Uttar Pradesh government should provide Rs 25 lakh to each of the victim families. The families should be provided security, she said. She appealed CM Yogi Adityanath to forget politics and stand behind families of the victims.
Meanwhile, A TMC delegation was detained at the airport in Varanasi on Saturday when it was going to meet families of victims of the Sonbhadra clash in which 10 people were gunned down this week over a land dispute, party MP Derek O'Brien said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) team comprises O'Brien, MP and leader of the delegation Sunil Mondal and MP Abir Ranjan Biswas.
Here are highlights of Priyanka Gandhi's visit and other developments in Sonbhadra massacre aftermath:
04:30 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Sonbhadra tomorrow to meet family members of the victims of Sonbhadra firing incident that claimed lives of 10 people.
2:18 pm - District Magistrate of Sonbhadra appeals everyone to co-operate in view of Section 144 being implemented in Sonbhadra
Ankit Aggarwal, DM Sonbhadra: The situation in the village is sensitive so we have imposed Section 144 in the district. This prevents the entry of political parties as well as social organisations. I would like to request everyone to cooperate to maintain peace in the area. pic.twitter.com/R90PcB6sDR— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
2:11 pm - UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma accuses Priyanka Gandhi of scoring political brownie points
UP Dy CM Dinesh Sharma on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meeting those affected in Sonabhadra firing incident:Sec144 is imposed there, if you go to fulfill your political intentions,then it's not right. No one should do politics on sensitive issues. Our govt is committed to maintain peace pic.twitter.com/zRZHQijwYX— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
1:24 pm - Priyanka Gandhi ends her dharna agitation
Priyanka Gandhi ended her dharna after she met few members of victim families. She said that she is ending her dharna as the purpose of her visit had been fulfilled. She demanded Rs 25 lakh for each family and appealed Uttar Pradesh government to forget politics and unite behind them.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,Congress:My objective has been served as I have met them (victim of Sonbhadra firing).I am still under detention, let's see what the administration says. Congress party will give a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the person who died in the incident. pic.twitter.com/4SUaPEVmsz— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
1:10 pm - Police nab relative of the main accused of Sonbhadra massacre
Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested Komal, relative of main accused Yagya Dutt. Police says that he was involved in the crime along with Dutt and fired bullets at the tribals
12:53 pm - On Friday, Congress' Raj Babbar alleged that Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government of dictatorial behaviour
12:35 pm: Congress leaders stopped at Varanasi airport
Congress leaders Deepender Singh Hooda, Mukul Wasnik, Raj Babbar, Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh, Jitin Prasada and Rajeev Shukla were stopped at Varanasi airport by police. They were on their way to Sonbhadra to meet the victims of firing case.
12:25 pm - UP government has implemented undeclared emergency, says Congress Pramod Tiwari
Congress MP Pramod Tiwari termed the developments in Mirzapur 'undemocratic' and 'unconstitutional' and alleged that an 'undeclared emergency' is being implemented in Uttar Pradesh.
Pramod Tiwari, Congress: This govt doesn't want that someone should wipe off victims' tears. Whatever has happened is unconstitutional and undemocratic and it seems as if Uttar Pradesh govt has implemented undeclared emergency to hid its sins and short comings pic.twitter.com/AbG4NH1SrR— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 20, 2019
12:10 pm - Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala begins press conference
12:03 pm - Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to reach Sonebhadra today to support Priyanka Gandhi
11:55 am - Trinamool Congress parliamentary delegation stopped at Varanasi Airport
2 hours since Trinamool Parliamentary delegation started sitting in dharna off Varanasi Airport tarmac. No signs of DM. UP police have "restrained" us from leaving this area. Tribals massacred over land rights#SonbhadraMassacre pic.twitter.com/iuQmnOHaOm— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) July 20, 2019
11:50 am - Few family members of Sonbhadra massacre meet Priyanka Gandhi at Mirzapur guest house
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