Sonbhadra firing massacre: Congress delegation hands out compensation cheques to victims' families

All India Congress Committee secretary Bajirao Khade distributed cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.

Published: 27th July 2019 09:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2019 09:35 PM   |  A+A-

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra consoles a family member of a Sonbhadra massacre victim who had travelled to Chunar Fort to meet her after the former was stopped from proceeding to Sonbhadra in Mirzapur on 20 July 2019. (Photo | PTI)

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra consoles a family member of a Sonbhadra massacre victim who had travelled to Chunar Fort to meet her after the former was stopped from proceeding to Sonbhadra in Mirzapur on 20 July 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

SONBHADRA (Uttar Pradesh): A Congress delegation on Saturday distributed compensation cheques to the families of those killed and injured in a clash over a land dispute in Umbha village here as promised by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

After meeting some villagers at a guesthouse in Mirzapur last week, Priyanka Gandhi had said her party will pay Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed in the violence and also provide monetary help to the injured.

The villagers had travelled to the guesthouse after the Congress leader was detained when she insisted on going to Sonbhadra to meet the victims.

All India Congress Committee secretary Bajirao Khade distributed cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.

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The party delegation also presented cheques of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of those seriously injured in the violence.

Khade said it is the duty of everyone to stand with those who had faced the ordeal.

"Priyanka Gandhi has sent us to fulfil the promise that she had made," he said. The Congress has always stood with the poor, deprived and weaker sections for their betterment and bright future, he added.

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Ten people, all Gond tribals, were shot dead earlier this month when a village headman, Yagya Dutt, and his supporters allegedly opened fire in an attempt to take possession of a piece of land in Umbha in Sonbhadra district's Ghorawal area.

Twenty-eight others were injured, including nine supporters of the village head.

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