New Delhi: A ‘maun vrat’ was observed on Monday (October 11) under the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, demanding the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which his son Ashish Mishra has been sent on police remand for three days.
Uttar Pradesh Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu along with party leaders and workers sat on a fast of silence demanding the dismissal of the Union Minister. As per the IANS report, the protests started at 3 pm in Lucknow, while the rest of the country held the event from 10 am to 1 pm.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders observe ‘silent fast’ at Gandhi statue at GPO in Lucknow, demanding sacking of Union Minister of State (Home) Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son is an accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence . pic.twitter.com/AsHU92rcPq
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A Congress spokesperson told PTI that the party is demanding the sacking of Ajay Mishra Teni to ensure a free and fair probe into the matter. Congress and other opposition parties have targeted the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, accusing the Uttar Pradesh government of protecting the son of a Union minister.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi also met the families of the deceased farmers on October 6 at Lakhimpur Kheri.
Reiterating the statement of UP Chief Minister Yogi AdityanathUP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that the law will take its course and the government will not be affected by any kind of pressure.
Ashish Mishra, who has been accused of crushing the protesting farmers with his SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri Sent on 3 days police remand on Monday. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh Police has sought 14-day custody. He was arrested on Saturday (October 9) night after 12 hours of interrogation. Of the seven people mentioned in the FIR, two were arrested on Thursday. They have been identified as Lavkush and Ashish Pandey.
Eight people, including four farmers, lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri in the violence that broke out during farmers’ protests in Uttar Pradesh on October 3. The other four people, who were killed, were present in cars, apparently a part of a convoy of BJP workers who came to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, while one was a local journalist and one was a driver.
(with agency input)