Lucknow: Hitting out at the Uttar Pradesh government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was allegedly arrested while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, and her party will not give up and will continue to fight for justice.
He tweeted, “Priyanka, I know you will not give up – they are stunned by your courage. In this non-violent fight for justice, we will give victory to the Annadata of the nation.”
Priyanka, I know you won’t hold back – they are stunned by your courage.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 4 October 2021
Several opposition leaders from various parties including Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are also scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.
Baghel alleged that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh to meet the families of the victims, has been arrested from Hargaon.
He tweeted, ‘AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been arrested in Sitapur while on her way to Lakhimpur. Deepender Hooda is also with him. After the killing of the farmers, now the democratic rights of the people are also being snatched away.
Sanyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, arrived with three vehicles when the farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and landed on the farmers. And finally attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk too directly, tried to drive a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations of SKM and said that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.
Uttar Pradesh Police said eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants along with the protesting farmers pelted stones at the car, leading to an ‘unfortunate incident’.