Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to protest at Collectorate today; Other leaders ‘arrested’

New Delhi: Hundreds of farmers will protest at the District Collectorate on Monday in the violent clash that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday.

In view of the incident, a panchayat was convened by the National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Naresh Tikait in Sisauli village of Muzaffarnagar late in the night, during which it was decided to stage a sit-in protest at the district collectorate on Monday. . Naresh Tikait addressed the farmers and expressed his displeasure over the incident. According to the information, it has been decided that the farmers will protest against the violence at the district collectorate.

Eight people were reportedly killed in the violence, although four people have been officially confirmed dead so far. There is an atmosphere of tension in the state after the incident. From farmer leaders to political leaders, everyone is trying to reach Lakhimpuri Kheri. According to news agency PTI, Rakesh Tikait of BKU has also reached the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, top opposition leader arrested

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders reached here in the early hours of Monday, but alleged that they were not allowed to meet the victims of the violence that took place during the farmers’ protest and claimed several lives. The Congress party claimed through several tweets. That Priyanka and other leaders have been “arrested” by the UP Police.

Priyanka Gandhi, who is accompanied by party leader Deepender Singh Hooda among others, had to resort to alternate routes to reach the destination as heavy security was deployed on the main roads amid tension in the violence-hit area.

“We are waiting outside Banbirpur village. The police have stopped us from going inside. We have come here to meet the victims of violence,” Congress national secretary Dheeraj Gurjar said over phone at 4.30 am.

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

Internet, mobile services suspended

Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of the violence-hit district, where restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC – which prohibits gatherings of four or more people – have also been imposed, according to officials.

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.”

Security has also been tightened at the Delhi border. Administrative officers also took stock of the movement site in Ghazipur.

What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri?

The farmers were staging a sit-in at Benipur village in Lakhimpur Kheri and a helipad where Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya’s helicopter was to land. After which it was decided that the Deputy Chief Minister would reach Lakhimpur Kheri by road.

The incident reportedly took place when farmers showed black flag to the convoy of Deputy Chief Minister and Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra. However, heavy police force has been deployed in the district and internet services have also been suspended.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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