Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said the Punjab Congress will march from Mohali in Punjab to violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday and protest the “brutal killing” of farmers there.
New Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab Congress will march from Mohali in Punjab to violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday and protest the “brutal killing” of farmers there.
According to a statement issued by Sidhu’s office, the march will be led by him.
Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel have announced a separate ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of four farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Meanwhile, a delegation led by Rahul Gandhi had left for the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri from Lucknow airport on Wednesday. Gandhi was accompanied by senior party leaders including Bhupesh Baghel, Charanjit Channi, KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala.
Uttar Pradesh Police said eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday. Sanyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, arrived with three vehicles when the farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and landed on the farmers. And finally attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk too directly, tried to drive a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations of SKM and said that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants along with the protesting farmers pelted stones at the car, leading to an “unfortunate incident”. (ANI)
First published:October 6, 2021, 6 pm