After Lakhimpur Kheri’s Violence, UP Becomes Battleground as Administration Bar Opposition Leaders | Latest India News
Battle lines were drawn between the government of Uttar Pradesh and opposition parties on Monday after the administration blocked several politicians from reaching Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people died and 10 were injured in violence the day before.
Hours after the clashes were announced on Sunday evening, several opposition leaders attempted to travel from Delhi and Lucknow to the village of Tikunia, about 70 km from the Lakhimpur district headquarters. But with the exception of some farm chiefs and army chief Bhim Chandrasekhar Azad, most were arrested by police, citing restraining orders in the district.
Congress Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal President Jayant Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj (BSP) Party Leader Satish Chandra Mishra were all arrested at various locations on Sunday evening and Monday. .
Separately, the state government has refused to allow flights by Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel and Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhjinder SIngh Randhawa to land in Lucknow, triggering criticism from politicians in Lucknow. the opposition.
“The BJP government is making a policy of crushing the farmers and finishing them off,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted.
Opposition politicians blamed BJP and Union Minister of State for the House, Ajay Mishra, who owned the car that allegedly crushed four farmers. The farmers alleged that Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was in the car, but the minister denied the charges and said the farmers set three cars on fire and beat others to death, including two BJP employees and their driver. A local journalist was also killed in the violence.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra landed in Lucknow on Sunday evening and attempted to travel to Lakhimpur Kheri with a large contingent of party employees, but was detained at her residence in Lucknow. Late that night, she broke the police cordon and got out, got into her car and walked towards Lakhimpur Kheri.
Police arrested her at several locations and eventually detained her in Hariya, Sitapur district, near Lakhimpur Kheri, at around 2 a.m. on Monday. She was sent to the provincial armed police guesthouse in Sitapur, but the chief then alleged that the police manhandled and pushed her and Congress leader Deepinder Hooda.
“I tried to walk but they were pushing and pushing each other. They also pushed and pushed Deepender Hooda and manhandled him. As I tried to stop them from hitting my coworkers, they roughed me up. They tried to force me into their jeep, but I told them there was no legal basis, ”she told HT.
Police have denied the charges.
Members of Congress kept watch outside the guesthouse she was being held in and took videos of her sweeping the room with a broom.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi: “Priyanka, I know you won’t back down. They fear your courage. We will ensure that the country’s “annadatas” win this non-violent fight for justice. Congress also organized protests in the nation’s capital.
Satish Chandra Mishra attempted an abortive attempt to leave her home at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, but was quickly arrested by police. Aam Aadmi party deputy and UP official Sanjay Singh also made an offer around midnight but were arrested in Sitapur around 1 a.m.
“It is very sad and condemnable,” tweeted BSP chief Mayawati.
At around midnight, the police began to barricade Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow, which houses Yadav’s residence and the headquarters of the Samajwadi party. Trucks were seen parked across the road and left after a large group of police were deployed to the area.
Yadav tried to start around 8 a.m. Monday, but was stopped. Shortly after, unidentified people set a police jeep on fire. The police held the SP workers responsible, but the party blamed the police for the fire.
At around 10 a.m., a large crowd of SP workers with party flags gathered in the area. Yadav, along with SP national secretary general Ramgopal Yadav, sat on the road outside his residence and shouted anti-government slogans. Within 30 minutes, the police arrested him. He was released around 5 p.m.
“Vehicles crush those who raise their voices. We want the arrest of the minister and his son in the Lakhimpur incident, ”Yadav told reporters.
Chandrashekhar Azad, who had no convoy, managed to sneak into Lakhimpur Kheri and reached the place at dawn. “It is a sad moment for the farmers of the country. The killing of these farmers shows that the government has exceeded all limits, ”he said.
SP and congressional leaders protested in almost every district of the state. The RLD protested largely in the western quarters of the UP. About two dozen RLD leaders, including state president Masood Ahmad, were arrested on the outskirts of Lucknow.
Randhawa, who took the road to Lakhimpur Kheri from Punjab, was arrested by UP police upon entering Saharanpur. Earlier today, the UP government denied him permission to reach Lucknow by air.
UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh accused the opposition of politicizing the event. “We take the matter seriously and it is under investigation. CM said the culprits would be punished. The opposition is using the incident for political tourism and political competition as polls approach, ”he said in a statement.