Sonbhadra land dispute violence: Priyanka Gandhi taken into preventive custody; Sec 144 imposed

Varanasi, July 19 : Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been placed under preventive detention by Yogi Adityanath government as she was stopped in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur on way to visit families of 10 people who were shot dead over a land dispute in Sonbhadra on July 17.

Priyanka sat on the road during a dharna with her supporters and was soon taken into preventive custody.

Uttar Pradesh administration has imposed Article 144 in Sonbhadra which prohibits assembly of 5 people at one place.

“Just want to go and meet families of 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 .”

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East met the people who were injured in firing over a land dispute in Sonbhadra on July 17.

Priyanka will meet on Friday the family members of the victims belonging to the Gond community who died in a clash over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district.

Senior party leaders said that Gandhi, who is also in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will visit Ubhbha village of Ghoraval tehsil in the district.

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.

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