A team of the Trinamool Congress, led by party leader Derek O' Brien, was stopped at the Varanasi airport this morning when they were on way to meet people affected by the firing incident in Sonbhadra earlier this week.
In a video message posted on twitter, Derek O'Brien said he and two of his party colleagues, Sunil Mondal and Abhir Ranjan Biswas were stopped at the airport.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video message from Trinamool delegation who have been detained/arrested (they still haven’t been told why!) at Varanasi airport tarmac. They were on their way to meet the injured in hospital and meet & give confidence to the grieving families in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sonbhadra?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sonbhadra</a><br>Watch>> <a href="https://t.co/1cSjPfZ7cT">pic.twitter.com/1cSjPfZ7cT</a></p>— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/AITCofficial/status/1152441552750313472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
"We told them we cannot be detained under section 144 as we are only three. We wish to head to the BHU Trauma Centre to meet the injured and then to Sonbhadra, " he said in the video.
The 58-year-old parliamentarian said that the police officers, while stopping them at the airport, told the Trinamool leaders they were "doing as told from topmost". "Trinamool delegation detained at Varanasi airport. ADM,SP have not told us under which section.("Doing as told from topmost"). 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)," a tweet by the Trinamool Congress read.