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Mirzapur, 20 July 2019 : About 18 family members of the victims of the Sonebhadra carnage on Saturday arrived at Mirzapur’s Chunar fort where Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been detained since Friday afternoon. However, only five of them were allowed to meet the Congress leader.

Priyanka told the media: “The victims of the family members have arrived here, but only a few people have been allowed to meet me.”

The Congress leader said she was trying to meet the kin of the victims since Friday but was not allowed to. “And now that they are here to meet me, they are also being stopped. Even I am being prevented from speaking to them,” she said.

Lambasting the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, she said: “God knows what is their mindset. The administration did nothing when these people needed help and protection but it has been actively guarding me since 24 hours.”

“A lot of people have come to meet me since yesterday, they were not stopped, but these families from Sonebhadra are not being allowed to talk to me. What crime have they committed?” she asked.

According to Congress leaders, the group came to the Chunar Fort all way from Ubhha village in Sonbhadra, 70 kms away. “They started at 4 a.m. and walked all night to meet her. They kept crying for hours after seeing her,” he said.

The five people, who met Priyanka told the media: “We have come on our own. We are 18 people, including many women.”

On Wednesday, 10 people, from the Gond tribe, were killed and two dozen injured in a caste clash over a land dispute in Murtiya village in Sonebhadra.

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New Delhi, 8 Nov : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been allowed by the government to accompany the Sikh ‘jatha’ that will travel to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan via the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, sources said here on Thursday.

The Ministry of External Affairs has, however, denied Sidhu, a former state minister in Punjab, the permission to travel to Pakistan via Wagah. Pakistan had extended Sidhu the first invitation for the event and had even offered him a visa.

The ‘jatha’ will travel to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara, a holy shrine of the Sikh religious community in Pakistan, using the corridor which will be thrown open for the first time on November 9.

Sidhu had written to the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar seeking permission to travel to the holy shrine via Attari-Wagah, which would require Pakistan visa. He wrote that if he didn’t “get response to his third letter seeking permission to visit Pakistan, then he will proceed as a devotee on an eligible visa”.

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