CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday condemned the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in UP, in which two SUVs allegedly rammed a group of farmers, leading to violence in which eight people lost their lives.
Other political parties in Punjab also demanded registration of cases against those who “crushed and killed the farmers”.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that he would visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday along with a team of officials and take stock of the situation there.
Expressing deep sorrow over the tragic incident, Channi said the “horrific and inhuman act” must be condemned in the strongest terms by all, according to a statement.
Channi urged his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath to arrest the culprits so that justice can be ensured to the families of the victims.
Eight people were killed in violence on Saturday in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh during farmers’ protest over the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Four of the dead were in a vehicle and the remaining four were farmers.
Farmers had gathered in Banbirpur, the native village of Union Minister of State for Home and MP Ajay Kumar Mishra, to protest against Maurya’s visit.
Violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly ran over a group of anti-agriculture law protesters.
The farmers alleged that the Union minister’s son was in a vehicle, a charge Mishra denied.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also demanded a probe into the incident.
Amarinder’s media advisor tweeted, “The Lakhimpur Kheri incident needs a thorough investigation. Justice must be ensured for the victims of violence. Violence or inciting violence is not the solution to any problem.”
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party MLA and Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh, Cheema condemned the incident and said that the culprits should be put behind bars immediately.
He demanded that the agricultural laws should be repealed immediately.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded immediate registration of a murder case against the Union minister’s son for crushing farmers.
“It seems the government is trying to save the son of a Union Minister of State, which is shocking and condemnable,” Badal said in a statement.
He said that the Union Home Ministry should direct the Uttar Pradesh government to provide immediate justice to the families of the deceased farmers.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu also demanded registration of a case against the Union minister’s son.
Sidhu tweeted, “No one is above the law, FIR should be registered under section 302 of IPC against Union Minister’s son for killing innocent farmers, he should be arrested immediately and for this barbaric act.” Should be put behind bars!!”
Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa also demanded registration of a case against the Union Minister’s son.
In a tweet, Bajwa said, “All criminals including the son of the Minister of State for Home should be booked for murder for crushing the protesting farmers. Anything less than that would amount to a blatant miscarriage of justice.”
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait along with several of his supporters left for Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday after reports of violence broke out during farmers’ protests in which eight people were killed.
While Tikait will reach Lakhimpur Kheri by midnight on Sunday, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary will also visit there on Monday.
“Farmers’ blood has been shed! I will reach Lakhimpur Kheri tomorrow,” Chaudhary tweeted in Hindi.
While leaving Ghazipur on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border for Lakhimpur Kheri, BKU national spokesperson Tikait claimed that “several” farmers were feared killed during the violence, in which two vehicles were also allegedly torched .
Eight people died in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri during the farmers’ protest on the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. An official gave this information.
The report said angry farmers set two SUVs on fire when they hit a group of protesters.
A UP government official said in Lucknow that four of the dead were traveling in vehicles.
Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Chaurasia said four farmers and four others were killed.
Farmers had gathered in Banbirpur, the native village of Union Minister of State for Home and MP Ajay Kumar Mishra, to protest the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
In a video message, Tikait claimed that the farmers turned violent when they were attacked while returning after the protests.
Tikait said, “Farmers in Lakhimpur were returning after a protest when they were attacked. Some of them were crushed, while they were also fired upon. According to the information received so far, many people were involved in the incident. has died.” Said in a video message that he posted on Twitter.
In a separate statement, he said the incident “has once again exposed the brutal and undemocratic face of the government”.
“People sitting in the government have today exposed the extent to which they can stoop to suppress the peasant movement. But the government is forgetting that we did not bow down to the Mughals and the firangis (referring to the British) for our rights. The government should not test the patience of the farmers further. The farmer may die but he is not going to be afraid.”
He urged the UP government to register a murder case against the “killers of farmers” and ensure their arrest.
He also appealed to the farmers to maintain peace and said that victory will be theirs.
“If the government does not regain consciousness, not a single BJP leader will be allowed to leave his house,” the farmer leader threatened.
Violence comes after two SUVs allegedly rammed a group of anti-agriculture law protesters protesting against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Tikonia-Banbirpur road in Lakhimpur Kheri district, about 130 km from state capital Lucknow. Got furious. .