Lakhimpur Kheri News:
Eight people have reportedly died including four protesting farmers and four supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party in a riot in Tikunia town of Nighasan tehsil in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon. Knowing of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the leaders of opposition parties had started visiting Lakhimpur to seek accountability from the government.
At the same time, the government has also started targeting the opposition. Meanwhile, Youth Congress National President Srinivas Biwi has claimed that Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was going to Lakhimpur Kheri, has been arrested in Hargaon.
There happened a tussle when Congress General Secretary Priyanka Vadra was stopped by the police from Lucknow to Lakhimpur late on Sunday night. Defying the police cordon, Priyanka left for Lakhimpur. At the same time, BSP's national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, who was preparing to go to Lakhimpur at 3 AM on Monday, was placed under house arrest.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhary, and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party president Om Prakash Rajbhar have also made preparations to reach the spot on Monday morning. In protest against the incident, Aam Aadmi Party will protest in all district headquarters on Monday. While Chandrashekhar Azad going to Lakhimpur Kheri was stopped by the police at Khairabad toll plaza in Sitapur. He was arrested and made to sit in the Sitapur police line.
Uttar Pradesh Police has placed Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav under house arrest in Lucknow, as a heavy police force has been deployed at Akhilesh Yadav's residence.
It must be noted that Akhilesh Yadav had announced after the Lakhimpur incident on Sunday, that he would visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday. Akhilesh Yadav had called all the senior leaders to the party office in the morning. But before that, the police arrested Akhilesh Yadav in the house.
After the incident, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said that hundreds of farmers were returning from Lakhimpur after attending a program, when they were attacked by a vehicle, followed by firing. Rakesh Tikait left for Lakhimpur with the office bearers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. In Pilibhit, Rakesh Tikait was stopped by DM-SP and wasn’t allowed to go to Lakhimpur, but Tikait's convoy of about 100 vehicles broke the barrier and moved towards Kheri. He asked the farmers to continue the protest with restraint.