Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Rahul Gandhi claims 'systematic attack on farmers'
While speaking to the reporters, Rahul Gandhi said he and two chief ministers would visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh to understand the situation and support the farmers' families.
After permission to visit Lakhimpur Kheri was denied to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his team by the Uttar Pradesh government, Gandhi addressed the media on Wednesday. While speaking to the reporters, Rahul Gandhi said he and two chief ministers would visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh to understand the situation and support the farmers' families. The Uttar Pradesh government has already denied permission to Congress delegation for the visit citing imposition of Section 144.
Speaking about the incident, Rahul Gandhi said that farmers are being mowed down by a jeep; they're being murdered and called it a 'systematic attack on farmers'. He slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Lucknow for launching various projects on Tuesday, saying he did not visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
He also chastised the Uttar Pradesh administration for detaining Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel at Lucknow airport, claiming that Section 144 only applies to gatherings of four or more persons Baghel was travelling alone.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she was being held unlawfully at a police complex in Sitapur and that no notification or FIR was issued to her despite her 38-hour incarceration that she was not permitted to speak with her legal counsel. She stated in a statement that she has not been brought before a magistrate or any other court authority, nor has she been permitted to speak with her legal counsel, who has been stationed outside the compound's gate since the morning.
On Sunday, an SUV reportedly driven by a Union Minister's son drove down protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. The tragedy claimed the lives of eight persons, four of them were farmers.