Senior Congress leader and former member of Lok Sabha, Sunil Jakhar on Friday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Uttar Pradesh (UP) government for detaining Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on her way to meet the families who were affected by firing over a land dispute on July 17 in Sonbhadra.

He said that Gandhi was scheduled to visit the place of the incident where 10 people were killed in the firing and 19 were injured. He added that she only wanted to meet the affected families, whose members have been mercilessly shot dead and a boy who was also shot at and is lying in the hospital.

“Is it an offence to share grief of the families who lost their members due to atrocities that lit large in the state ruled by the BJP headed by Yogi Adityanath,” Jakhar asked.

By preventing Gandhi from meeting the affected families to convey condolence and express solidarity, BJP has once again exposed its fears that haunt the saffron party over people-centric activities of Gandhi family, he said.

The former MP further said the BJP, which has got absolute power for the second time in New Delhi, was pursuing dictatorial means to crush voice of the people.

“UP government had failed in controlling crimes. The policies of political intolerance can be fatal for any democratic nation. Congress can’t tolerate killing of human rights and will fight to safeguard constitutional rights of the people,” he added.