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TMC delegation on way to Sonbhadra was detained at Varanasi Airport
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TMC delegation on way to Sonbhadra was detained at Varanasi Airport

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A team of the Trinamool Congress(TMC), led by party leader Derek O' Brien, was stopped at the Varanasi airport on Saturday when the party members were on their way to meet those affected by shootout in Sonbhadra earlier this week.

Derek O'Brien said the police officers, while stopping them at the airport. ADM,SP have not told us under which section.("Doing as told from topmost"). In Twitter missive, Derek O’Brien said: “We have told them that we will cooperate, wish to meet injured & then proceed to Sonbhadra to meet & give confidence to grieving families - Derek (sic)."

The alleged detention of the Trinamool leaders comes a day after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi was stopped on her way to a village in Sonbhadra to meet the affected families. Earlier this week, 10 people were killed and over 24 injured in a village in Sonbhadra when a village chief, Yagya Dutt, and his associates, fired on a group of tribal farmers who had refused to give up 36 acres of land they had tilled for generations.

Witnesses said Yagya Dutt on Wednesday had brought nearly 200 men on 32 tractor trolleys to seize the land. The men fired at the tribals for over half-an-hour in one of the most chilling incidents.