UP Govt allows Rahul, Priyanka to visit Lakhimpur Kheri

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday allowed Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and three others to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday allowed Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and three others to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people were killed in Sunday’s violent incident.

The state government’s home department informed, “The state government has given permission to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and three others to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.”

Rahul Gandhi along with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi are on a flight to Lucknow, UP to meet the families of farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Priyanka, on the other hand, said that she is in “illegal confinement” at the PAC premises in Sitapur to meet the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and has not been produced before a magistrate or any other judicial officer.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had refused permission to Rahul Gandhi to visit Lakhimpur Kheri district in view of the law and order situation. “The government has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi. If he comes to Lucknow, we will request him at the airport not to go to Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. Superintendents of Police (SP) and District Magistrates (DM) of Lakhimpur and Sitapur ) urged us to stop him from coming in view of the local law and order situation,” the Lucknow Police Commissioner had said.

An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Deepender Hooda and Uttar Pradesh Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu, for “disturbing the peace”.

Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Sunday. The United Kisan Morcha has alleged that Ajay Mishra’s son Teni was involved in the violence in which four farmers were killed. However, both the Union Minister of State and his son have denied the allegations of SKM.

First published:October 6, 2021, 1:19 pm

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