Priyanka ready to go to jail; refuses to furnish bail amount

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she is ready to go to jail if the government puts her inside the prison for meeting kin of those who were killed in the Sonbhadra on July 17. She further said that she will not furnish the bail amount at any cost.

Vadra, Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh was detained on Friday while on her way to meet kin of those killed in the July 17 Sonbhadra firing incident. She was taken to Mirzapur by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

“If the government wants to put me in jail for meeting the victims, I am fully prepared,” tweeted Vadra.

She further said that she will not pay the bail amount at any cost.

“I will not furnish the bail amount; I will not pay a single penny. I had said if Section 144 is imposed in Sonbhadra, I won’t violate it, 2 people will go. But the action was taken. I have been kept here for the last 7 hours. I would not move without meeting them,” said Vadra.

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.