Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders were detained in Sitapur on Monday, with the party alleging that they were not allowed to meet the victims of violence during the farmers’ protest at Lakhimpur Kheri a day earlier. Went.
Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu told PTI that stopping him in this way is undemocratic.
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.
“Priyanka Gandhi, Deepender Singh Hooda and other leaders were detained in Sitapur around 5 am,” Lallu said.
Amid tension in the violence-hit area of Lakhimpur, heavy security deployment on the main roads forced Congress leaders to take alternate routes to reach Hargaon area bordering Sitapur.
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.
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.
Demanding a judicial inquiry into the violence, BSP supremo Mayawati said that her party’s national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra was stopped in Lucknow to prevent her from reaching Lakhimpur.
“BSP National General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP SC Mishra was placed under house arrest at his residence in Lucknow late last night. This is continuing so that the party delegation led by him cannot reach Lakhimpur Kheri to get the correct report of the violence. Very sad and condemnable,” Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi.
“Due to the involvement of two BJP ministers in the Kheri case, proper government inquiry into the incident, justice to the victims and severe punishment to the guilty does not seem possible. Hence, the incident in which eight people have been confirmed dead, hence the judicial inquiry.” This is the demand of the BSP.”
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up outside the residence of Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, who had announced that he would go to Lakhimpur.
A large police force has been deployed on Vikramaditya Marg, and police trucks have been kept to block the entire road and restrict any possible movement.
According to officials, mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of the violence-hit Lakhimpur district, where restrictions have been imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits gatherings of four or more people.
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.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said on Sunday that those protesting under the guise of farmers against the agriculture laws of the Center will not be allowed to succeed.
Addressing a Kisan Panchayat in Tundla organized by Bhanu faction of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Sharma said, “The real farmer is the citizen of the country and is ready to sacrifice his life for the country.”
But those who are sitting in the opposition and are adamant on dharna with the tag of farmers, they will never succeed, he said.
“Those who take part in the protest against agricultural laws and join hands with the opposition, disguised as farmers, will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.
Sharma also claimed that his party was working for the progress of every section of the society irrespective of caste and religion.
Sharma said that the 2022 UP assembly elections will be fought on the agenda of development as the opposition has no issue.
UP Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said that the opposition is calling people working for farmers as anti-farmers, while those under whose rule farmers have committed suicide are declaring themselves as pro-farmers.
The Yogi government has also requested the Lucknow Airport Authority not to allow the arrival of the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the Deputy CM of Punjab.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Avneesh said, “After the incident in Lakhimpur, the District Magistrate has imposed prohibitory orders to maintain law and order there. You are requested to send the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the Deputy CM of Punjab to Lucknow’s CCS airport. Do not allow.” Kumar Awasthi said this in a letter to the Airports Authority of India on 3 October.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab Deputy CM Sukhjinder S Randhawa had announced that they would visit Lakhimpur on Monday.