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‘If you can arrest me then why not the culprits?’: Priyanka Gandhi on Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Speaking to news channel NB while in custody, Gandhi said that if the government can detain or put opposition leaders like Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhupesh Baghel under house arrest, “then why don’t you arrest the culprits.” or why not keeping them. In custody?” “For you (BJP government), politics is important but a farmer’s life is not,” she said.

He said, ‘You have the entire police to stop us, when the minister’s son crushed the farmers, where was this force? Why hasn’t the minister resigned yet?” Gandhi asked.

Gandhi alleged that he was arrested without a warrant. “My colleague was beaten up and pushed. They were trying to take us somewhere by forcibly putting us in the jeep. This is kidnapping. You did not show me any order or tell me under which section I am being detained,” she said.

“Initially, they said we were being arrested section 144 (unlawful assembly). But we were four people, so we did not violate Section 144. Then they said we are arresting you under section 151 (to prevent cognizable offences),” the Congress leader said.

When asked about Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s allegations that his son was not present At the place where the incident took place and the farmers attacked the convoy, Gandhi said “this is a misrepresentation of facts”. “If you watch the video and talk to people on the ground, you will find that they are wrong,” he said.

“I only want to meet the kin of the farmers and express my condolences. Why doesn’t the government want me to go to meet him? Why are they so nervous that they have all the power to stop me? When I went to Hathras and went to Darapuri’s house, he behaved similarly,” the Congress leader said.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of agricultural unions, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, demanding the minister’s sacking and registration of a murder case against his son. It also demanded a probe by the SIT under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

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