Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke up about the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3rd. He said that farmers are being “systematically attacked” and there is “dictatorship” in India now with politicians not being allowed to pay a visit to the aggrieved families of Lakhimpur Kheri victims.
Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a press conference, “There used to be democracy, there is dictatorship in India now. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We are being told from yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh,”.(Lakhimpur Kheri is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh). Gandhi also said that he along with Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi will try to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
Previously, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi tried to visit Lakhimpur but was arrested and detained at a guest house in Sitapur district. Refering to this incident in the press conference, Rahul Gandhi said “When other politicians are allowed to visit the area, why Congresss delegation will not be allowed”. The UP government enforced Section 144 in Lakhimpur Kheri following the gruesome incident. Due to this, Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi was denied permission to visit the area.
What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday?
On October 3rd, a group of farmers marched to Tikunia to protest against the UP government. Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister of Home Affairs(UP)- Ajay Mishra Teni were both present in the area for an event. Farmers from the Lakhimpur Kheri and adjoining districsts and villages marched in Tikunia with black flags in their hands.
At around 4PM the same day, vehicles ran over the protesting farmers. The incident left dozens of people at the spot injured and claimed the life of around four protesting farmers. 3 BJP leaders also died due to the incident. One of the vehicle allegedly belonged to Ashish Mishra, the son of Ajay Mishra Teni.
Shortly after this incident took place, violence irrupted in the area. The protestors resorted to burning cars to express their anger. On 4th October early in the morning, Priyanka Gandhi tried to visit Lakhimpur Kheri but was denied entry and detained.
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