Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra visit Updates: I'm leaving for now, but will be back, Congress leader tells kin of deceased

  • The four-member delegation was en-route Sonbhadra to meet the families of the 17 July clash victims, who were gunned down this week over a land dispute

  • The TMC's announcement to visit the district came a day after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra

  • The decision of the ruling party in Bengal assumed significance due to the intensified political bickering and violence between the TMC and the BJP

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Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra visit Updates: I'm leaving for now, but will be back, Congress leader tells kin of deceased
  • 16:05 (IST)

    CPM condemns killings of tribals in Sonbhadra, accuses Yogi Adityanath govt of 'protecting' land mafias
     
    The CPM on Saturday condemned the killings of ten Gond tribals during a clash over a land dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district and accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of "protecting" the land mafias.
     
    A CPM delegation visited Ubbha village on Friday to meet the families of the victims. The party said in a statement that the villagers told the six-member delegation "horrifying" details of the clash.
     
    "The Adivasis have been tilling the land for the past seven decades but, no government gave them land pattas which was their right. After the Adityanath government took office, the Adivasis have been threatened by the local land mafia to stop tilling the land. Even though the Adivasis had complained to the authorities, the government and administration refused to act," the party's statement read.
     
    "The Adityanath government is trying to put the responsibility on others but it is during its rule that the land mafia led by the pradhan claimed to have 'bought' the land and unleashed terror on the Adivasis. It is highly condemnable that the government has not given a single rupee to help the injured and on the contrary some were forcibly discharged from the hospital," the party said.
     
    PTI

  • 15:52 (IST)

    Situation in Sonbhadra village 'sensitive', will remove Section 144 when it gets normal: Ankit Aggarwal, DM Sonbhadra

    The DM of Sonbhadra, Ankit Aggarwal, said that the situation in the village was "sensitive", which is why Section 144 was imposed in the district, thereby preventing the entry of political parties as well as social organisations.

    "As soon as the situation becomes normal we will remove Section 144. Twenty nine arrests have been made in connection with the incident. Forces have been deployed to maintain peace in the village," said Aggarwal.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi to offer prayers in Varanasi temples

    The Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East will visit Kashi Vishwanath temple and Kaal Bhairav temple, in Varanasi to offer prayers, later on Saturday. 

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Truth can only come from judicial inquiry, says AAP 

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said, “Without the involvement of the Yogi Adityanath and Uttar Pradesh government, the genocide of innocent tribals was not possible in Sonbhadra. The truth can only come from judicial inquiry. The arrest of opposition leaders is condemnable. This only proves that the Uttar Pradesh government is hiding something.”

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi was not Arrested 

    Mirzapur DM | Anurag Patel, DM of Mirzapur said, “Priyanka Gandhi was not arrested but was stopped from going to Sonbhadra since section 144 was imposed there. She was free to go anywhere except Sonbhadra.”

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi free to leave, says UP administration

     

    The local administration of Mirzapur said that Priyanka Gandhi was not under detention and she was free to leave whenever she likes. "She does not have to furnish bail bond," News18 quoted local authorities as saying 

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Firstcut by Manjul Toons 

  • 14:03 (IST)

    My objective is served as I have met the victims of Sonbhadra firing: Priyanka Gandhi

  • 13:47 (IST)

    It's incorrect to go to Sonbhadra to fulfill political intentions: Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma

    Uttar Pradesh Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma that it was "not right" of Priyanka Gandhi to visit Sonbhadra for fulfilling her "political intentions".

    "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," Sharma said after Priyanka Gandhi met those affected in Sonabhadra firing incident.

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Congress declares ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of deceased

    The Congress declared a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the victims, who were gunned down earlier this week in Sonbhadra during clashes over land dispute.

  • 13:35 (IST)

    UP Police filed bogus cases against tribals to grab their land: Priyanka alleges claims administration complicit in crime

    One of the family member of the victims of Sonbhadra firing incident says, “We got to know that Priyanka didi has come to meet us, but administration has arrested her and taken her to a place where no one can meet her. So, we decided to come and meet her in Chunar.”

  • 13:24 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath govt trying to crush democratic process: Rahul Gandhi on Sonbhadra killings

     

    Taking a dig at the Uttar Pradesh government Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "The Yogi government has detained Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi at Chunar Guest House without water or electricity for the night. Gandhi only wanted to meet the families of the Sonbhadra firing victims."

    Rahul added that it is an attempt to crush the democratic process. Congress is not afraid of such measures and will continue to fight for the cause of Dalits and Adivasis. 

  • 13:14 (IST)

    TMC delegation allowed to meet injured in Sonbhadra clashes

    After being blocked from meeting the kin of the deceased in Sonbhadra earlier on Saturday morning, the TMC delegation was finally allowed to meet the injured in the 17 July clashes, India Today reported.

    "We'll go to BHU trauma centre to meet the injured in the Sonbhadra clashes," Derek was quoted as saying by the news channel.

    But it is also to note that Section 144 has been imposed in Sonbhadra so, no political parties have been allowed till now to visit the district. 

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Reign of Ajay Bisht continues to be most insensitive in memory: Congress takes a dig at Yogi Adityanath govt

    The grand old party said that the families of the deceased travelled 20km by tractor and then walked for 70 kms to meet Priyanka Gandhi, but were stopped before Chunar Fort by the Uttar Pradesh government for four hours. 

    "The reign of Ajay Bisht continues to be the most insensitive in memory," Congress tweeted. 

  • 12:46 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath govt creating new example of anesthesia by ignoring Sonbhadra tragedy: Priyanka Gandhi

    The Congress took to Twitter to post a video of the grieving kin of the deceased, who travelled to Chunar Fort to meet Priyanka Gandhi.

    The General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East said, "There is a fear of death of sensitivities in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi government is creating a new example of anesthesia by ignoring this tragedy. Without accounting for each tear from this tragedy, we will not go back."

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Pramod Tiwari says 'undeclared emergency' clamped down by Uttar Pradesh govt

     

    Pramod Tiwari, leading the Cogress delegation in Sonbhadra, said that the ruling government has implemented an undeclared emergency to "hide its sins and shortcomings".

    "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," said Tiwari. 

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Two hours since TMC's sit-in dharna, Varanasi DM likely to meet MPs

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Congress leader says Priyanka Gandhi's detention undemocratic, unconstitutional

    "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," Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told reporters after meeting the governor 

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Is it a crime to wipe tears of those grieving, asks Priyanka Gandhi in tweet 

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Meanwhile... SC/ST panel orders invocation of NSA on Sonbhadra killings: 

     

    The U.P. SC/ST Commission on Thursday asked the State government to invoke the NSA and the Gangster Act against culprits behind the killings of 10 tribal people in Sonbhadra district and take action against officials for their “negligence” in averting the massacre. The Commission also rushed a two-member team of its Deputy Chairman Maniram Kaul and member Ramsewak Kharwar for a first-hand probe into the shoot-out, said an official statement.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    After TMC MPs, now Congress delegation reaching to meet Priyanka also stopped at Varanasi airport

    Congress leaders, including RPN Singh, Rajeev Shukla, Jatin Prasad, stopped at Varanasi airport. 

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Sonbhadra DM meets those injured in Sonbhadra clashes 

    "Today I have come to meet the 15 injured admitted here. All kinds of arrangements have been done so that they can get well at the earliest. Ayushman Bharat cards have also been issued to them," Ankit Aggarwal, DM Sonbhadra said after meeting those injured in Sonbhadra’s firing incident. 

  • 12:00 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Congress directs its cadre to protest outside all district party offices against Priyanka's detention 

     

    India Today reported that the Congress party has directed its workers to stage protests across Uttar Pradesh against the 'illegal detention of Eastern UP Congress.  

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Congress delegation meets UP governor Ram Naik

     

    A Congress delegation has met governor Ram Naik today to complain against the 'undeclared emergency' clamped down by the Uttar Pradesh goverment. The meeting went on for over 30 minutes. 

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra Visit Latest Update: Five people are meeting Priyanka Gandhi, all kin of victims. 

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Can't understand this govt's psychology, says Priyanka Gandhi after victim's kin stopped from meeting her

    Two relatives of victims have come here to meet me, 15 others are not being allowed to meet me. Even I am not being allowed to meet them. Bhagwan jane inki mansikta kya hai? Aap thoda dawab banayiya, unhe aana dijiye. Mere pichhe pade hain. (I don't even understand this government's psychology is. Why don't you people from the media go and put some pressure on them to let those people come in): Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien of TMC tweets video after being detained at Varanasi airport

    After being stopped at the Varanasi airport, Derek O'Brien posted a video message on Twitter saying that the TMC delegation cannot be detained under Section 144 because they are only three members visiting Sonbhadra. Derek said, "It cannot be Section 144 because there are only three of us here.” 

    The TMC spokesperson also said that their intention is to reach to the BHU trauma centre, where the injured are put up, and then proceed to Sonbhadra. He also asked that under which section were they detained.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Trinamool MPs' delegation sits at Dharna on Varanasi airport

    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation, led by Derek O'Brien who was stopped at the Varanasi airport, has also decided to sit on a dharna. Three MPs,  Derek O'Brien, Sunil Mondal, and Abir Ranjan Biswas were on their way to meet the victims of Sonbhadra's firing case.

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Priyanka claims Sonbhadra victims' family members thwarted from meeting her

     

    Priyanka Gandhi, who is camping at Mirzapur's Chunar Frort guest House, claimed that at least 15 people have come all the way from their village to meet her but they too have been stopped at the gates of the guest house. She told reporters that those who were stopped, include women as well. Only two members have been allowed inside the guest house to speak to the Congress leader. Meanwhile, Priyanka too has been stopped from going to the guest house's gate to meet those people. 

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Sonbhadra Victims' kin reach Priyanka's guest house

    At least 15 family members of those killed in the Sonbhadra clashes have reached the Chunar Fort guest house where Priyanka Gandhi was staying.  

  • 11:11 (IST)

    TMC delegation-led by Derek O'Brien too stopped at Varanasi 

     

    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation which was scheduled to visit Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, was stopped by the Varanasi police at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Babatpur. The delegation, comprising Derek O'Brien, Sunil Mondal, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Uma Saren, was scheduled to reach Varanasi airport at 9.15 am Saturday and then take a three-hour drive to Ubbha village in Sonbhadra district, TMC sources said.

    He added, “We have told them that we will cooperate, wish to meet injured and then proceed to Sonbhadra to meet and give confidence to grieving families”.

    Derek added that he fails to understand the Section 144 excuse as they are only three MPs whereas the prohobotive rule bans gathering of more than three people. The MPs too remain at the Varanasi airport. 

  • 11:06 (IST)

    24 hours on, Priyanka Gandhi stays put in UP's Mirzapur, says won't leave without meeting kin of Sonbhadra clash victims

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was stopped on Friday when she was on her way to meet the families affected by the Sonbhadra shootout,  continues to stay put in Mirzapur. She had spent the night at spent the night at a guest house in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh where senior government officials met her late night. However, talks between Priyanka and the government officials failed after the Congress leader told them she "won't leave without meeting" the affected families.

Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra visit Latest Updates: Addressing the Congress workers, Priyanka Gandhi said that her purpose was served in Sonbhadra after meeting the families of the victims. For now, Priyanka is leaving but she assured the workers to visit the district soon.

The Congress declared a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the victims, who were gunned down earlier this week in Sonbhadra during clashes over land dispute.

One of the family member of the victims of Sonbhadra firing incident says, “We got to know that Priyanka didi has come to meet us, but administration has arrested her and taken her to a place where no one can meet her. So, we decided to come and meet her in Chunar.”

The Congress took to Twitter to post a video of the grieving kin of the deceased, who travelled to Chunar Fort to meet Priyanka Gandhi.

The General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East said, "There is a fear of death of sensitivities in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi government is creating a new example of anesthesia by ignoring this tragedy. Without accounting for each tear from this tragedy, we will not go back."

Congress leaders, including RPN Singh, Rajeev Shukla, Jatin Prasad, stopped at Varanasi airport.

Five people have reportedly been allowed to go and meet Priyanka Gandhi. In the dramatic visuals being aired across TV channels, the family members of the victims' could be seen breaking down while narrating their plight to the Congress leader.

"Two relatives of victims have come here to meet me, 15 others are not being allowed to meet me. Even I am not being allowed to meet them. Bhagwan jane inki mansikta kya hai? Aap thoda dawab banayiya, unhe aane dijiye. Mere pichhe pade hain. (I don't even understand this government's psychology is. Why don't you people from the media go and put some pressure on them to let those people come in)," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation which was scheduled to visit Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, was stopped by the Varanasi police at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Babatpur.

CNN-News18 quoted TMC spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien as saying,"Don't know what sections we've been detained under."

The four-member delegation was en-route Sonbhadra to meet the families of the 17 July clash victims, who were gunned down this week over a land dispute.

 Priyanka Gandhi Sonbhadra visit Updates: Im leaving for now, but will be back, Congress leader tells kin of deceased

Clashes broke out between two groups over a land dispute in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh. Twitter @ANIUP

Ready to go jail: Priyanka Gandhi The TMC's announcement to visit the district came a day after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra. Refusing to furnish a personal bond, Priyanka stayed put at a guesthouse in Mirzapur district where she was taken after she squatted on the road with her supporters, insisting that she be allowed to proceed and meet the victims' families. "The district magistrate and the superintendent of police were talking to her at the guesthouse in Chunar to persuade her against travelling ahead," Deputy Inspector General Piyush Kumar Srivastava told PTI.  Chunar sub divisional magistrate Satya Prakash said Priyanka was under "preventive detention" and had refused to furnish a personal bond. In a late-night tweet, the Congress general secretary said she had been under "arrest" for the past nine hours.

She claimed that the administration has told her that she will be sent to jail for 14 days if she doesn't furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000.

She said that paying bail in this situation is "immoral". "If the government wants to put me in jail for the crime of meeting victims, I am totally prepared for that," Priyanka tweeted in Hindi.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu, who was with her at the guesthouse, told PTI, "We have clearly said, either let us meet the victims or send us to jail."

Hours earlier, the Congress leader who is in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh had met some of the injured at the BHU Trauma Centre in Varanasi, 60 km from Sonbhadra.
She was stopped at Narainpur on the Varanasi-Mirzapur road while she was heading towards Sonbhadra.

"Action has been taken against 151 CrPC and Priyanka Gandhi and other members of the Congress have been stopped from proceeding to Sonbhadra, where prohibitory orders have been promulgated," Mirzapur District Magistrate Anurag Patel told PTI.

"She will not be allowed to proceed for apprehension of breach of peace. If she decides to stay back here we will extend security to her," the DM said.

The decision of the ruling party in Bengal assumed significance due to the intensified political bickering and violence between the TMC and the BJP since the Lok Sabha elections in which the saffron party made significant inroads in the state.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee had attacked each other during the election campaign in the eastern state. The BJP has emerged as the key opponent of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal ever since the saffron party won 18 of the 42 seats in the state in this Lok Sabha polls up from two seats it had won in 2014.

The delegation, comprising Derek O'Brien, Sunil Mondal, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Uma Saren, was scheduled to reach Varanasi airport at 9.15 am Saturday and then take a three-hour drive to Ubbha village in Sonbhadra district, TMC sources said.

Ten people were killed and 28 injured in the clash between supporters of village head Yagya Dutt and Gond tribals over a piece of land in Sonbhadra's Ghorawal area on Wednesday. Dutt's supporters allegedly opened fire on the tribals.

Twenty-nine people, including Dutt and his brother, were arrested. Prohibitory orders are in force in Ghorawal area in Sonbhadra district and a thorough checking of vehicles is on to monitor the movement of people.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2019 16:14:50 IST