Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday managed to meet the family of Sonbhadra massacre victims following the police yesterday preventing her by imposing Section 144. Though the meeting took place at Chunra guest house and not at the houses of the deceased, given the strict police cordon in the village.

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government received flak from political opponents after they stopped the Congress secretary from meeting the victims.

In a media interaction this morning Priyanka accused the state government of being mere spectators and not doing enough for the victims. She asked media to pressurise the government. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Manoj Tiwari claimed that the government doesn’t want anyone to wipe off victim’s tears. He said whatever happened in Sonbhadra was unconstitutional and undemocratic and accused the UP government of implementing undeclared emergency to hide its shortcomings.

The move triggered a political storm on social media as from Rahul Gandhi to other Congress workers, everyone came out in support of Priyanka and condemned the UP government. They criticised the government as well as BJP for failing the people of UP.

The Congress leader also demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each for the families of the deceased and sent UP Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu to Sonbhadra to meet the family of victims on Thursday. Meanwhile, the UP government has constituted a 3-member panel to probe into the matter and several police officials have also been suspended. The government has also announced compensation between Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh to the victims of families.

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