New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday (October 4) refused entry into Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s helicopter at Lakhimpur Kheri, amid massive protests over the death of four farmers in the state.
In response to the Civil Aviation Department of the Punjab Government on Channi Sarkar seeking permission to land the CM’s chopper at Lakhimpur Kheri, the UP Home Department said, “Due to the imposition of Section 144 in Lakhimpur Kheri, it is not possible to grant permission for the Yatra. . Punjab CM and Deputy CM K.”
UP Home Department writes to Punjab Government’s Civil Aviation Department seeking permission to land its CM’s chopper at Lakhimpur Kheri, states saying, ‘Due to imposition of Section 144 in Lakhimpur Kheri, Punjab CM’s visit It is not possible to grant permission. Deputy CM. pic.twitter.com/IdrpWOUUHq
— ANI (@ANI) 4 October 2021
Earlier today, Punjab CM Channi said, “Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families of farmers, I am leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri to be with my brothers and sisters in this hour of grief. I have also sought permission from the UP government to land/land the helicopter at the site.”
Apart from the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal also said that they would send delegations to Uttar Pradesh.
Eight people, including four farmers, lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday in the violence that broke out during the farmers’ protests in the state. The remaining four people who died were present in cars, apparently a part of a convoy of BJP workers who came to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Apart from this, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel was also not allowed to visit Uttar Pradesh. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been detained by Uttar Pradesh Police On the way to Lakhimpur Kheri in Hargaon area.
Meanwhile, the UP government has announced a judicial inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, saying an FIR has been registered on the basis of farmers’ complaints. Addressing a press conference, Uttar Pradesh Police Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar further said that the police have given permission to the police to take the bodies of the victims for postmortem after the farmers assured the arrests soon. The ADG was quoted by ANI as saying, “Based on the grievances of the farmers, an FIR has been registered under the relevant sections. A judicial inquiry will be conducted to investigate the matter under a retired High Court judge.”
(with agency input)