Sonbhadra firing incident: Cong to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to victims' kin

DN Bureau

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday announced that the Congress will pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation to next of kin of those killed in the Sonbhadra firing and demanded that the Uttar Pradesh government should pay a compensation of Rs 25 lakh each.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Mirzapur: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday announced that the Congress will pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation to next of kin of those killed in the Sonbhadra firing and demanded that the Uttar Pradesh government should pay a compensation of Rs 25 lakh each.

"My objective has been served as I have met them (victim of Sonbhadra firing). I am still under detention, let's see what the administration says. The Congress party will pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation to next of kin of Sonbharda firing victims," Priyanka Gandhi said speaking to media persons here.

She said a fair probe should be carried out in the case and government should provide compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to next of kin of Sonbhadra victims.

"The government should provide compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to next of kin of Sonbhadra victims," she said. The Congress leader asserted that tribals should get onwership right to land that they have cultivated for decades and "cases registered against them should be withdrawn".

Amid the ongoing conflict between Uttar Pradesh government and opposition over Sonbhadra firing incident, Priyanka, earlier in the day, met kin of the victims here after an hour-long drama and expressed her condolences to them.

Congress leader, the women of the victims' families were seen crying and a visibly moved Priyanka was seen consoling them and expressing her condolences.

A family member of a victim of Sonbhadra firing incident said: "We got to know that Priyanka didi has come to meet us, but the administration has arrested her and taken her to a place where no one can meet her. So, we decided to come and meet her in Chunar."

Priyanka later returned to the Chunnar Guest House here, where she was taken to after she protested with supporters of her party, and spent the entire last night.(ANI)

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