Naveen Bharat Editorial
Lucknow: After a ceasefire between the farmers and the police administration in Lakhimpur Kheri, the protesting farmers announced to end their agitation. Eight people were killed in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday..
According to Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, the state government will give Rs 45-45 lakh to the families of the four farmers killed in the violence. Apart from this, Rs 10 lakh each will be given to the injured and government jobs will be given to the dependents of those killed.
The ADG also said that the violence will be probed by a retired High Court judge and the state government has assured the farmers that the culprits will be arrested within the next eight days.
After the ceasefire, the protesters agreed to conduct the post-mortem of the four farmers killed in Sunday’s violence. The autopsy will be conducted by a panel of five doctors and the procedure will be videographed.
Earlier on Sunday, politics intensified over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which several leaders including Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav were stopped from going to the troubled district by the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday.
Priyanka, who reached Lucknow at 8.30 pm on Sunday and tried to go to Lakhimpur with Deepender Hooda in the early hours of Monday, was detained in Sitapur. He has been taken to APC Guest House. Meanwhile, state Congress leaders including UPCC chief Ajay Kumar Lallu and MLC Deepak Singh staged a sit-in in Sitapur demanding the release of the Congress general secretary.
Similarly, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was arrested on Monday while sitting on a dharna outside his residence in Lucknow after he was not allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday.
The Samajwadi Party alleged that Akhilesh Yadav was placed under house arrest late on Sunday night. However, there was heavy security outside Yadav’s residence in Lucknow. Akhilesh was to go to Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday. However, Akhilesh Yadav was arrested by the police along with his uncle and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav after SP workers denied permission to Lakhimpur and torched a police vehicle in Lucknow. Even Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party chief Shivpal Yadav – Lohia was detained during his visit to Lakhimpur Kheri.
In view of the protest, the Lucknow administration imposed Section 144 of CrPC on Monday. Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Avnish Awasthi has written to the Lucknow airport authorities, allowing Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder S Randhawa to land at the airport for their scheduled journey to Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday. told not to give
Awasthi informed the Lucknow airport authorities that Section 144 has been imposed in Lakhimpur Kheri and “requested them not to allow the arrival of Baghel and Randhawa”.
Responding to the communication, Baghel tweeted whether civil rights have been suspended in Uttar Pradesh. Baghel asked, “The Uttar Pradesh government is issuing a decree not to allow me to enter the state. Has civil rights been suspended in Uttar Pradesh? If Section 144 is in Lakhimpur, why is the state government barring you from coming in? Lucknow?”
The Uttar Pradesh government has written to the Chief Secretary of Punjab, urging the state not to allow the travel to Lakhimpur Kheri.