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Enroute Lakhimpur Kheri: Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Congress workers detained at Yamuna Nagar

After being stopped from going to UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, Sidhu argued with policemen and said, “You won’t do anything against the Union minister and his son but stop us from sharing the grief of the victim families.”

Enroute Lakhimpur Kheri: Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Congress workers detained at Yamuna Nagar-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Oct 7, 2021, 6:13 PM IST
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Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh who spearheaded a protest march along with party workers and supporters to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the victims’ grieving families, was detained at Yamuna Nagar (Haryana)-Saharanpur (UP) border on Thursday.

Speaking to media persons before the detention, the cricketer-turned-politician as quoted by ANI said, “Why has the government not arrested Ashish Mishra? Is the Minister's son above the law? Arrest Mishra. You (Uttar Pradesh government) are not taking action against him who ran over farmers. And, you are teaching us law. You have set Mishra free and stopping MLAs and MPs. We will not tolerate the dictatorship. We are soldiers of Rahul Gandhi.”

After being stopped from going to UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, Sidhu argued with policemen and said, “You won’t do anything against the Union minister and his son but stop us from sharing the grief of the victim families.”

Sidhu, earlier had threatened to go on a hunger strike, demanding the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra's son in connection with the death of farmers during violence in Uttar Pradesh by Friday.

Sidhu stated that, “If the arrest is not made till tomorrow (Friday), or he does not join the investigation, I will go on a hunger strike.”

Also read: Lakhimpur Kheri case: Supreme Court seeks status report from Uttar Pradesh government

On Sunday, as many as eight people were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri following violence that broke out after a car mowed down protesting farmers.  

An umbrella body of several farmer unions, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) issued a statement regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni's son--Ashish Mishra, while the others had been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.

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

MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which led to the 'unfortunate incident'.

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