The Uttar Pradesh government has said that Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and three others will be allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people were killed in Sunday’s violence.
All parties (five people per party) including a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party led by MLA Raghav Chadha, who was detained last evening, about 15 km from Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary Avnish Kumar Awasthi told news agency PTI. can travel.
The UP government and police had so far barred Mr. Gandhi, Ms. Gandhi Vadra and others from traveling to Lakhimpur Kheri to visit the families of four farmers, one of whom was reportedly the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Hosted by Ashish Mishra. .
Ms Gandhi Vadra was arrested on Monday – what she claimed was “illegal detention” by the Congress and the state government – and Mr Gandhi was soon denied permission to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
Earlier today Mr Gandhi addressed a press conference in Delhi and denounced “a systematic attack on farmers” and pointed to “India used to have democracy…”.
“India had democracy earlier (now) dictatorship. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We are being told from yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
Mr Gandhi said he would not be distracted by the lack of permission and that he wanted to go to UP to “understand the ground reality”.
hours later. Party sources said Mr Gandhi. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and his Punjab counterpart Charanjit Channi were briefly stopped on a Delhi-Lucknow flight.
Mr. Gandhi’s flight landed at Lucknow airport around 1.45 pm.
Ms Gandhi Vadra has said that no FIR or legal notice has been served to her to explain her arrest.
She said, “I was not even allowed to meet my legal counsel…” Her husband, businessman Robert Vadra, wrote that he was also Stopped from going to UP to “Check my wife…”
This morning Ms. Gandhi Vadra slammed the UP government by posting a Hindi tweet.
He said, “Those atrocities on farmers are roaming freely… The voice of justice for the farmers is being imprisoned by the BJP government but we will not let the voice of justice be suppressed.”
Those who oppress the farmers are roaming freely.
You are in custody for legal action.
We will not let the voice of justice be suppressed. pic.twitter.com/1ZH40PMks9
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 6, 2021
UP Police had said that the case against Ms Gandhi Vadra and 10 others pertains to? preventive detention for fear of breach of the peace; Prohibitory orders have been in place since the violence.
Ms Gandhi Vadra, however, said her group was small and eight of those nominated were not present.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in violence on Sunday during a farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri ahead of the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The other four people were in the cars; They were part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome Maurya and were attacked after allegedly crushing the protesting farmers.
A car in the convoy was allegedly being driven by the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Mr Mishra told NDTV that neither he nor his son was at the site of the clash when the car belonged to him.
UP Police has registered a case of murder against Ashish Mishra but is yet to arrest him.
With input from PTI