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Uttar Pradesh: Priyanka Gandhi detained on her way to meet firing victims

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 19, 2019, 11.48 AM (IST)

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained in Uttar Pradesh on Friday while she was on her to Sonbhadra to meet the family members of those who were killed in firing over a land dispute on July 17. 

She was detained after section Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code was imposed in the area just before her scheduled visit. Section 144 prohibits an assembly of more than four people in an area. 

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Apart from meeting the family members, Priyanka was also expected to visit the place of the incident.

The 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."Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the incident and expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased.

According to police, nine people were killed in the firing.

So far 29 criminals have been arrested till now in connection with the case, state chief minister Yogi Adityanath said in a press conference today.

"A single barrel gun, 3 double-barrel guns and a rifle seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them," he added.

Five people were arrested on July 18 in connection with the case.

On the day of the incident, Priyanka Gandhi had criticised the state government over the law and order situation.

Taking to Twitter, she had said, "In the BJP ruled state, the confidence of criminals is so high that broad day-light killings are continuously happening. The killing of 9 Gond tribesmen, including 3 women, by the land mafia in Umbha village of Sonbhadra is heart-wrenching. Administration and Chief Minister are all sleeping. Is this how the state will be crime-free?"