Purpose has been served, says Priyanka after meeting families of Sonbhadra massacre victims

Congress general secretary (Uttar Pradesh-East) Priyanka Gandhi announced compensation ₹10 lakh compensation for kin of deceased, before heading to Varanasi

Purpose has been served, says Priyanka after meeting families of Sonbhadra massacre victims

NH Political Bureau

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday met families of Sonbhadra massacre in Chunar guest house where she was detained by the Yogi government.

After meeting the families, she said, “My purpose has been served as I have met them (the family members of the victims of Sonbhadra firing). I am still under detention, let us see what the administration says. Congress party will give a compensation of ₹10 lakh to the kin of the person who died in the incident”.

Then she left for Varanasi where she visited Kashi Vishwanath temple, Kaal Bhairav temple and offered prayers.

Priyanka tweeted a video showing members of the affected families, and appealed to people to stand with them in the name of humanity, before leaving for Varanasi.

Priyanka Gandhi was stopped and detained from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people belonging to a ST community were gunned down by upper caste men, triggering a nationwide uproar and standoff between the Congress and the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

However, in an attempt to cool down the political heat, UP DGP O P Singh had said on Friday that Priyanka and others were not allowed to go there because CrPC Section 144 was in force in Sonbhadra district to maintain peace.

It is important to mention here that Priyanka continued to sit on dharna in Chunar guest house and insisted that she won’t leave until and unless she was allowed to meet the victims’ entire family.

“It has been 24 hours. I am not going to leave until and unless I am allowed to meet the victims of Sonbhadra’s firing case,” she said.

Purpose has been served, says Priyanka after meeting families of Sonbhadra massacre victims
Purpose has been served, says Priyanka after meeting families of Sonbhadra massacre victims

The Congress general secretary also shared a video of aggrieved Sonbhadra families who were seen mourning the death of their near ones. “Is it a crime to wipe these tears?” she asked in another tweet.

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Published: 20 Jul 2019, 4:25 PM