In an unprecedented incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained by police in Uttar Pradesh's Narayanpur on Friday while she was on her way to Sonbhadra to meet the families of the 10 people who were killed in a shootout over a land dispute. Initially, she was stopped mid-way to Sonbhadra in Narayanpur by the UP Police, following which she staged a dharna, along with other Congress leaders.
Speaking to media, she said that she just want to meet the families of the victims of Sonbhadra firing incident, alleging that the UP administration is not allowing her to go. She added that she will sit on dharna peacefully. She also targeted the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state over rising crime and lawlessness in UP.
"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," Vadra said speaking to news agency ANI.
Minutes later the dharna, the Congress General Secretary was taken to a Guest House by the police after she was stopped on her way to meet victims of firing case in Sonbhadra, in the light of the section 144 imposed in the area.
"They can do whatever they want. We have come here only to meet the family peacefully. I don't know where we ar being taken," she said speaking to reporter after being detained.
Taking to Twitter, Congress claimed that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been arrested by UP Police, lashing out at the Yogi Adityanath government. "We are determined to bring the victims to justice and are not afraid of these gimmicks of the BJP Government," said the Grand Old Party in its tweet.
Meanwhile, in Varanasi earlier, she met the people who were injured in firing over a land dispute in Sonbhadra.
On Wednesday, ten people were shot dead during a shootout in a village in UP's Sonbhadra district over a land dispute. In the shootout, over 20 other people also suffered injuries. The police arrested 24 people in connection with the shootout.
Speaking over the incident on Friday, UP CM Yogi Adityanath assured that strict action will be taken against the accused in the matter.
"29 criminals arrested till now, a single barrel gun, 3 double-barrel guns and a rifle have been seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them," he said.