‘I will be back,’ says Priyanka after meeting kin of Sonbhadra victims
VARANASI, July 20: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said she will be back to visit the villagers at Umbha in Sonbhadra after Mirzapur district authorities who detained her overnight at the Chunar fort, about 40 km Southwest of Varanasi, said she was free to go.
Her reaction came after the District Magistrate said that she had not been arrested and that except Mirzapur, she was free to go wherever she wished.
"Those officials who tried to stop me from meeting the families (of Sonbhadra firing victims) are now saying that I was not arrested and that I am free to go. I want to tell them that I have met the families, and for now I am going but I will be back" said Priyanka Gandhi while addressing the media after meeting the kin of victims.
She also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the next of kin those killed in a clash over land in Umbha village in UP's Sonbhadra and announced that the Congress with pay these families Rs 10 lakh each.
"The Uttar Pradesh Government should provide compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to next of kin of those killed in Sonbhadra," she told reporters after meeting families of the victims in Chunar fort where she has been detained. "Congress will pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to next of kin of Sonbharda firing victims."
She also demanded that tribals should get right to land that they have cultivated for ages and called upon the Yogi Adityanath government to withdraw cases filed against families of the victims.
"A thorough and fair probe should be carried in this case and tribals should get justice," she said.
Earlier around noon after a long standoff with the administration in the Chunar fort guest house Priyanka Gandhi met family members of the 10 people killed in Umbha village.
Some of the family members of the victims killed in the land dispute broke down while meeting Priyanka Gandhi who offered them water.
"We are with you. We will be your voice," she consoled them. -HT