Country wants accused to be arrested, Union minister be removed: Kejriwal on Lakhimpur Kheri incident

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday questioned why political leaders were being prevented from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, where eight people were killed in a violent incident on Sunday.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday questioned why political leaders were being prevented from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, where eight people were killed in a violent incident on Sunday. He said that the country wants the accused to be arrested and the Union Minister removed from the post.

He said, “On one hand the government is celebrating 75 years of independence and on the other, leaders are being prevented from going to Lakhimpur Kheri. What is the reason behind this? PM ji, the country wants the accused to be arrested and removed from the post of Union minister,” Kejriwal said here.

Kejriwal’s remarks came after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he is on a tour with two chief ministers. Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the victims.

After an FIR was registered in connection with the incident, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra Teni told ANI on Tuesday that his son is ready to appear before any investigating agency.

“An FIR has been registered. In our country, there is a rule of law and everyone has a right to lodge a complaint. During evidence collection, everything will be clear. Investigators will check our call details records, mobile location etc. It will be clear that my son was not on the spot at the time of the incident. My son is ready to appear before the investigating agencies.”

About the purported video of a van running over farmers protesting at Lakhimpur Kheri, Teni said, “In that video, one can clearly see that the driver who crushed the farmers was beaten to death on the spot. So, (by that logic) if my son had crushed the farmers, he would have been killed.”

He also said that all the victims, including BJP workers killed in the clash, would get a compensation of Rs 45 lakh and those injured would get Rs 10 lakh.

On Monday, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav had also demanded the resignation of Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and said that the way the BJP-led government is committing atrocities on the farmers, the British also attacked the people. would not have been tortured.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also demanded Rs 2 crore as ex-gratia for the kin of farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and a government job. Speaking to a media person protesting outside his residence in Lucknow, Yadav said: “The British also would not have committed the kind of atrocities committed against farmers. Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya should resign. Rs 2 crore and government jobs should be given to the families of farmers who lost their lives in this incident.”

Earlier, the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) had issued a statement regarding the incident that claimed the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot by the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni. was murdered, while others were reportedly crushed to death by the vehicles of their convoy.

However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations of SKM and said that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.

First published:October 6, 2021, 12:48 pm

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