The handling of the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district gives an impression that the Uttar Pradesh government wants to “crush” the voices of farmers, said Congress MP Deepender Hooda, who, along with senior leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, unsuccessfully attempted to meet the families. The farmers killed there said.
“As Congress general secretary of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wanted to visit families in a moment of mourning. That’s the least we could do for them. But as soon as we left Lucknow, we were caught by the UP Police without any valid reason. drove away. Sanction, as if we were the ones who did something wrong,” Mr. Hooda, who is currently in custody at Sitapur Police Lines, said.
Speaking to NB Srinivasan Jain, the senior Congress leader alleged that she was “chased and pushed” with Ms Gandhi before being taken into custody by the police without any proper sanction. “It seemed that we were the real culprits, not the people who committed this crime,” he said.
The action was taken despite the party taking all precautions to ensure that law and order is not disturbed. Hooda said, “Just four of us went ahead. They used physical force against Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and me. They detained us without any written order, they were asked by the higher authorities not to allow us to go.”
Jai, Jai Kisan, Jai Hindustan.
Police Line Sitapur, Security from Police.
— Deepender S Hooda (@DeependerShooda) 4 October 2021
The Congress leader further claimed that he was detained under Section 151 which is “likely to commit offense in future”.
Violence broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri district after a group of farmers protested against Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from visiting the area.
The farmers claimed that the violence broke out after a car rammed into the protesters in the minister’s convoy. Scenes from the area showed arson and vehicles being torched. Eight people, including four farmers, died in this incident.
A retired high court judge will now investigate the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced. The state government has also announced that it will give a compensation of ₹45 lakh to the families of those killed in the violence.