New Delhi: Azad Samaj Party chief and Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday said he and his supporters will gherao Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence here if the culprits of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident are not arrested within seven days.
He demanded that the Prime Minister should talk to the farmers, visit Lakhimpur Kheri and meet the families of the killed farmers.
Azad said in a press conference, “The Prime Minister tweets on every issue but he has not yet responded on the killing of farmers. Criminals are roaming freely. If the culprits are not arrested within seven days, we will be PM. The house will be cordoned off.” Here.
The Dalit leader likened the Lakhimpur Kheri incident to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and said it would have a huge impact on the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year.
Azad alleged that there was no law and order in Uttar Pradesh and demanded the resignation of the CM.
He supported the demand for caste census saying that it would help in finding out the percentage of marginalized sections of the society.
Eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Sunday.
Of the eight, four were farmers, who were allegedly crushed by vehicles driven by BJP workers at an event in the area to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The other four were BJP workers, the driver of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra and Raman Kashyap, a journalist working for a private television channel.
In connection with the incident, an FIR has been registered against Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra and others under IPC section 302 (murder) at Tikonia police station, but no arrest has been made so far.