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Priyanka Gandhi Meets Families of Sonbhadra Victims, Announces Rs 10 Lakh Compensation for Each

She reportedly said that the U.P. govt was complicit in the massacre and that the state administration grabs the land of poor tribal farmers by filing bogus cases against them. 

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who was detained by Uttar Pradesh police at Chunar Kila in Mirzapur district, met the families of the victims of Sonbhadra massacre on Saturday, July 20. She announced that the Congress party would be providing Rs 10 lakh in compensation to each of these families

Gandhi had been sitting on a dharna after she was prevented from meeting the victims’ families. Affected families from Sonbhadra reached Chunar Kila to meet Gandhi.

“My objective has been served as I have met them. I am still under detention, let’s see what the administration says. Congress party will give a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the person who died in the incident,” she told ANI. 

Also read: ‘Won’t Go Without Meeting Victims’: Detained at Chunar Kila, Priyanka Gandhi Continues Dharna

Firstpost quoted one of the family members as saying, “We got to know that Priyanka didi has come to meet us, but the 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.”

Later, Anurag Patel, DM of Mirzapur told the media, “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.”

Gandhi also said that the U.P. government was complicit in the massacre and that the state administration grabs the land of poor tribal farmers by filing bogus cases against them.

On July 17, 10 tribal farmers were killed and over 24 were injured in an attack over a piece of land. A village chief, Yagya Dutt, and his associates fired on the group of farmers who had reportedly refused to give up the land they had tilled for generations. Dutt had allegedly brought nearly 200 men on 32 tractor trolleys to seize the property, claiming he had bought it ten years ago from a local family. After the tribal farmers opposed, the men fired at them for over half-an-hour.

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