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Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on ‘hunger strike’ after house arrest

By PTI

Lucknow/Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was on a hunger strike on Monday after being detained in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh while she was going to Lakhimpur Kheri.

The party alleged that Gandhi and other Congress leaders accompanying him, including Deepender Hooda, had reached the Lakhimpur border in the morning but were not allowed to meet the families of farmers killed in the violence during the protests a day earlier.

In a tweet, the UP Congress said, “Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has been arrested. She is on hunger strike. Congressmen are protesting. The government will have to bow to our demands. The voice of justice will be raised more strongly. “

In a video released by the party, Gandhi was seen sweeping the floor of a room where he was apparently kept.

Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu told PTI that stopping him in this way is undemocratic.

Eight people died in Sunday’s violence during farmers’ protestsClaiming the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

On their way to the violence-hit district, Congress leaders had to take an alternate route to reach the border Hargaon area in Sitapur as heavy security was deployed on the main roads.

Congress national secretary Dheeraj Gurjar told PTI over phone at 4.30 am, “We are waiting outside Lakhimpur Kheri. We have been stopped by the police from going inside. We have come here to meet the victims of violence.

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Gandhi’s convoy was earlier briefly stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police officials in Lucknow, where the Congress general secretary had arrived on Sunday night, within hours of receiving information about violence during a protest against anti-agriculture laws here.

According to officials, mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Lakhimpur district, where restrictions have been imposed under Section 144 of CrPC.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate” in the early hours of Monday, the UP Police said on Twitter that eight casualties have been reported so far as per the district administration.

“ADG LO, ACS Agriculture, IG Range and Commissioner are on the spot and the situation is under control. Adequate deployment has been made to prevent any untoward incident,” the statement said.

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