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Good That Govt Finally Met Victims, Even If It Happened Late: Priyanka Gandhi On Yogi Adityanath’s Visit To Families Of Massacred Farmers In Sonbhadra

While Congress has promised Rs 10 Lakh compensation to the families, the UP CM said the govt would "help them in every way".

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to taunt Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She wrote, “I welcome the U.P. CM’s visit to Sonbhadra. Good that the govt has finally met the victims, even if this happened late. And recognising your duty is a good thing. We hope that the victims in Ubbha receive justice, and their five demands are fulfilled.”

Adityanath met the families of the ten tribal farmers killed in the massacre at Sonbhadra on Sunday, July 21, and promised that the Bharatiya Janata Party government would “help them in every way” and take “strict action against those who tried to steal land”.

On Wednesday, July 17, ten persons were killed, and over 24 were injured in a shooting over a 36-acre piece of land. A village chief, Yagya Dutt, and his associates fired on a group of tribal 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. A total of 78 people have been charged, including Dutt and his brother.

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The massacre made national news, not just because of the sheer brutality of the incident, but also because of the political standoff that took place in its aftermath. Priyanka Gandhi was initially detained by cops when she attempted to meet the family members of the deceased. She had said, “We have been stopped. I am asking them to show me the order or law under which it is being done. I am telling them I will go only with four people (permissible assembly under Section 144). I only want to meet the victims’ families.”

Later, however, she was allowed to meet them. The Congress general secretary met the families of the victims of Sonbhadra massacre on Saturday, July 20, and announced that the party would be providing Rs 10 lakh in compensation to each of these families.

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