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Sonbhadra firing case: Bhupesh Baghel heads for UP; Congress leaders detained at Varanasi airport

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 July 2019, 14:01 IST
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress party leaders are set to join Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Sonbhadra to support her in her ongoing protest against the Uttar Pradesh administration which has prevented her from visiting the area and meeting families of those affected in the firing incident earlier this week.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is scheduled to reach Sonbhadra and Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot issued call for protest in Jaipur.

"Against the detention of General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, state Congress committee will be organising a protest at Gandhi Circle Jaipur today", Pilot tweeted.

Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh also issued an appeal to all party workers from Uttar Pradesh to reach the Chunar guest house in Mirzapur where Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is housed since after her detention.

Singh took to Twitter and wrote, "I appeal to all Congress people to reach Chunar immediately for supporting Priyanka ji. Long live Priyanka".

After a late-night meeting of Congress leaders, a battery of young party leaders are also set to reach to lend their support to Priyanka. However, Deepender Hooda, Mukul Wasnik, Raj Babbar, RPN Singh and Jitin Prasad along with Rajeev Shukla were stopped at the airport in Varanasi.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained by police and prevented from visiting the kin of Sonbhadra firing incident. She has been staying at Chunar guest house in Mirzapur since yesterday.

The firing incident took place in Ubbha village of Ghorawal where the village head went to take possession of his land purchased two years ago. However, he met with opposition from the villagers which triggered the firing allegedly by his aides leading to the deaths of around nine persons.


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First published: 20 July 2019, 14:01 IST