Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was on Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, triggering a standoff with the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
The administration detained her under 151 CrPC citing prohibitory orders and brought her to the guesthouse since she insisted on going to Sonbhadra.
Priyanka and party workers continued to sit on dharna at Chunar Guest House on Saturday. "It has been 24 hours. I am not going to leave until and unless I am allowed to meet the victims of Sonbhadra's firing case," she said.
The talks held between the Congress leaders and local administration late in the night proved futile and Priyanka preferred staying back in the guesthouse along with her supporters, the party sources said.
In a late-night tweet, she said she is ready to go to jail if she is not allowed to go ahead.
अगर सरकार पीड़ितों से मिलने के अपराध के लिए मुझे जेल में डालना चाहें तो मैं इसके लिए पूरी तरह से तैयार हूँ।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1563553769000
In a series of tweets, Priyanka said Uttar Pradesh government sent ADG Varanasi Brij Bhushan, Commissioner Varanasi Deepak Agarwal and DIG to tell her to return without meeting the victims .
"I have clearly stated that I have come here not to violate any law but to meet the victims," she said and also posted a video showing the officials leaving Chunar Fort in Mirzapur at 1.15am.
मैंने यह स्पष्ट करते हुए कि मैं किसी धारा का उल्लंघन करने नहीं बल्कि पीड़ितों से मिलने आयी थी सरकार के दूतों से कहा… https://t.co/TAoOLzzDPq— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1563565757000
In another tweet, she said that her advocates have told her that her detention is totally illegal.
"They (officials) are sitting with me for around one hour. They did not tell me the ground of detention nor showed any papers," she said.
उप्र सरकार ने ADG वाराणसी श्री बृज भूषण, वाराणसी कमिश्नर श्री दीपक अग्रवाल, कमिश्नर मीरजापुर, DIG मीरजापुर को मुझे… https://t.co/jXcRZ1veSa— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1563565715000
The Congress general secretary also shared a video of aggrieved Sonbhadra families who were seen mourning the death of their near ones. "Is it a crime to wipe these tears?" she asked in a tweet.
TMC delegation on way to meet Sonbhadra victims' families detained
Meanwhile, a TMC delegation was detained at the Varanasi airport on Saturday when it was going to meet families of victims of the Sonbhadra clash in which 10 people were gunned down this week over a land dispute, party MP Derek O'Brien said.
Visuals of Trinamool delegation at Varanasi airport. Restrained without any reason. From 9.45 this morning they are… https://t.co/vLO6CwHEcq— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) 1563600864000
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) team comprises O'Brien, MP and leader of the delegation Sunil Mondal and MP Abir Ranjan Biswas.