Congress general secretary in-charge east Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is slated to visit Umbha village in Sonbhadra district on August 13 where 10 Gond tribals were massacred on July 17 over a land dispute.
After the incident, Priyanka had rushed to Sonbhadra but the government had denied her permission to go there as prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code had been enforced in the district and detained her in Chunar guest house for around 26 hours.
Priyanka sat on dharna there and withdrew it only when the family members of the victims met her.
Later Priyanka had announced assistance of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the killed tribals.
Congress sources here said on Sunday that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would visit Sonbhadra on August 13 to meet the families of the victim.
Priyanka would be accompanied by senior party leaders of UP and some leaders of Delhi.
“When Priyanka was detained in Chunar, she had promised that she would go to the village (Umbha) and meet the families of the victims and villagers. She is only fulfilling that promise,” Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu said.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit, however, called it another political drama of the Congress leader in the name of helping villagers. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced relief for the families of the victims and action has been initiated against the guilty. What will Priyanka Gandhi Vadra do there,” said BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
“The (Sonbhadra) incident has a political connection and Congress leader was the main beneficiary. The co-operative society to which the land was transferred was headed by Congress leader Maheshwar Prasad Narain, who was Rajya Sabha MP. Gram pradhan Yagya Dutt, to whom the land was sold in July 17, 2019 is a Samajwadi Party sympathiser,” he said.
The government has removed the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra and has ordered a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the whole issue. The SIT probe, to be monitored by DIG (SIT) J Ravindra Gaur, will look into the matter and file FIRs wherever required.
The Chief Minister has also ordered that FIR be lodged against six officers, including tehsildar, circle officers, assistant record officer, and ASP Arun Prakash.