Sonbhadra massacre: Priyanka Gandhi to meet families of victims


Sonbhadra, Aug 13: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has arrived in Varanasi on Tuesday and is on way to Umbha village in Sonbhadra to meet the the family members of ten Gond tribals who were gunned down on July 17 over a land dispute.

Congress unit of Sonbhadra district has completed the preparations for Priyanka’s visit.

A senior administrative officer of Sonbhadra confirmed the development. Priyanka will reach the village on Tuesday afternoon.

Priyanka will visit houses of all 10 people that were killed and those injured in the firing. She will spend around one and a half hour in the village.

Vadra will also talk to the affected families about the development works in the village and try to get first-hand account of the steps taken by the government for their security after the incident, party sources said.

Ten people were gunned down and 28 others injured when armed men led by a village pradhan clashed with the villagers in a bid to take possession of a disputed piece of land.

The Congress general secretary was not allowed to visit the village on July 19. After meeting those injured in the Varanasi hospital, she was stopped and detained in Naryanpur of Mirzapur district on her way to Umbha and was taken to Chunar fort, where she staged a dharna against the detention the entir night. On July 20, at Chunar Fort, she had met the kin of the families of the deceased the next day.

Priyanka Gandhi also fulfilled her promise on July 27 by providing cheque of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed and a cheque worth Rs 1 lakh to those injured in the firing.. On July 27, a delegation of Congress reached the village and provided a cheque worth Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the victims and a cheque worth Rs 1 lakh to those injured in the firing.

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