New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed after two SUVs allegedly ran over protesters.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal demanded that the perpetrators of “such heinous crimes” be given “severe punishment”.
Party MP Sanjay Singh also demanded that the “killers” be given “severe punishment”.
He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the “three black agriculture laws”, against which farmers have been protesting for the past 10 months.
“A few days back, (Union Minister of State for Home) Ajay Kumar Mishra had said in a statement that he would bring the protesting farmers on the right track in two minutes. Today, according to reports coming to me, his son killed three people. The farmers are crushing them under the wheels of their vehicles.”
In a video message on Twitter, Singh said, “This incident is not from the India of Britishers but India of Narendra Modi, India of Yogi Adityanath, 75 years after independence, where BJP is in power.”
However, Mishra has claimed that neither his son nor he was present at the time of the incident.
He claimed that three BJP workers and a driver were thrashed to death by “some elements” after a car overturned after stone pelting among farmers protesting in Lakhimpur Kheri.
The AAP leader said, “I appeal to Modi ji to withdraw the three black laws and ensure that the killers of farmers in today’s incident are arrested and given strict punishment. There should be a CBI inquiry into this incident in which three farmers were. were killed.”
He also demanded compensation to the farmers who were injured in the incident.
Kejriwal tweeted, “Crushing the protesting farmers under the wheels is violent and unjust. There is news of farmer brothers being killed in the incident. God rest their souls. I am with the farmer brothers in this hour of grief. “
“The culprits of such heinous crime should be given the harshest punishment,” he said.
Reacting to the incident, senior AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the news of “murder” of farmers in Lakhimpur is “extremely sad and heart-wrenching”.
He wrote on Twitter, ‘The killers of ‘Annadata’ of the country should not be spared, no matter how influential they may be.
Eight people were killed in violence on Sunday during protests by farmers that claimed the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur.
Two SUVs were torched by angry farmers in the clash that took place near Banbirpur in Lakhimpur Kheri, the bloodiest incident of violence since last year’s protest against agricultural laws enacted at the Centre.
Among the dead were four people in a car, apparently part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister.
He was allegedly beaten to death.
Officials said four others were farmers.
According to both sides, many people were hospitalized.
“I strongly condemn the barbaric incident in Lakhimpur Kheri. @BJP4India’s apathy towards our farmer brothers hurts me a lot,” Banerjee tweeted.
West Bengal CM and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee said, “A delegation of 5 @AITC official MPs will visit the families of the victims tomorrow. Our farmers will always get our unconditional support.”
TMC sources said the five leaders are Lok Sabha members Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Pratima Mandal, and Dola Sen, Sushmita Dev and Abir Ranjan Biswas of Rajya Sabha.
After the violence in Uttar Pradesh, opposition parties blamed the Yogi Adityanath government for the deaths.
Assembly elections are to be held in Uttar Pradesh in 2022.