Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was stopped in Uttar Pradesh state on Friday on her way to a village in Sonbhadra where 10 people were killed in a shootout this week over a land dispute. The Congress general secretary sat on the road and protested until she was taken away in a government car to a guest house, reports NDTV.
Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress in-charge of eastern UP, was seen in visuals sitting on a road in Mirzapur near Sonbhadra, surrounded by her security and Congress workers.
She had landed this morning at Varanasi, the constituency of prime minister Narendra Modi, where she went to a hospital to see those wounded in the Sonbhadra massacre.
Later, as she headed for Sonbhadra 80 km away, reports emerged that gatherings had been banned at the district.
As she was being taken away in a government official’s vehicle, she said, ‘I don’t know where they are taking me, we are ready to go anywhere.’
A police officer, Awadhesh Pandey, confirmed that ‘Priyanka-ji’ had been taken into custody.
At the guest house where she was taken, Priyanka Gandhi told workers, ‘I only wanted to go to Sonbhadra so that people there don’t feel alone. I have been arrested and brought here but I will not leave this place till I meet with the families.’
Her brother Rahul Gandhi called her ‘detention’ disturbing. ‘The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP government’s increasing insecurity in UP,’ he tweeted.
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