New Delhi: Congress leaders and workers will hold a massive protest outside the offices of all the district magistrates across the country on Tuesday to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which at least nine people lost their lives.
The Congress on Monday said a nationwide campaign against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which four farmers were killed, would be organized outside all DC offices from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Congress spokesperson Rajeev Shukla also demanded the release of AICC general secretary, Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Vadra, who is lodged at Sitapur guest house after being stopped from reaching Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the victims.
“This practice of stopping political leaders from free movement is very dangerous. We never did this when we were in power. Then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi had reached Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel during the 26/11 terror attack. Priyanka Vadra should be released. He was stopped at Hargaon on the border of Lakhimpur Kheri and sent back to Sitapur,” Shukla accused the UP police of illegally detaining Vadra and Congress leaders.
Congress leaders protested outside the UP Bhawan in the national capital on Monday and agitated elsewhere in the country. The party also demanded enhancement of compensation of Rs 1 crore each for each farmer killed and demanded immediate release of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
“The compensation amount to each farmer killed in the violence should be Rs one crore. The Union minister should be sacked first, the way he is out to protect his son. Case should be registered against him also and the same cases should be registered against the minister as against his son.
The Congress also demanded the immediate sacking of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish, named in the FIR by the Uttar Pradesh Police after nine people, including four farmers, were killed in violent clashes in Lakhimpur Kheri. .
We demand that Union Minister Ajay Mishra should be immediately sacked from his post and his son should be arrested immediately. We also demand that the minister should be booked for the same crime as his son as he is trying to save him,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel told reporters.
At least eight people were killed in Sunday’s violence during protests by farmers that claimed the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur.
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.
Farmer leaders had claimed that Union minister’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of the cars, alleging that some protesters were protesting the deputy CM’s visit.
Ajay Mishra, however, said that he and his son were not present at the spot as alleged by some farmer leaders and they have photo and video evidence to prove it.
The Yogi Adityanath government on Monday ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced Rs 45 lakh compensation and jobs to the kin of the deceased farmers.