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Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka leave from Sitapur to meet victims' families

Earlier the Uttar Pradesh government granted permission to Rahul, Priyanka and three other people to visit Lakhimpur Kheri after officials met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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Lucknow, First Published Oct 6, 2021, 7:57 PM IST
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After high drama at Lucknow airport, Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi reached Sitapur headed towards Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the grieving families.

Earlier the Uttar Pradesh government granted permission to Rahul, Priyanka and three other people to visit Lakhimpur Kheri after officials met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channy, KC Venugopal, Ajay Kumar Lallu, Deepender Hooda left for Lakhimpur.

All political parties, in a group of not more than five members, have been granted permission to visit Lakhimpur.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left for Lakhimpur Kheri in a car on Wednesday evening from a PAC guest house in Sitapur where she was kept in detention since Monday morning.

Also read: Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Minister of State (Home) Ajay Mishra meets Home Minister Amit Shah

Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Deepinder Hooda left in one car, while Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel were in another car.

According to sources, the delegation might first stop at Nighashan in Lakhimpur district, the native place of journalist Raman Kashyap who also died in Sunday’s violence. Nighasan is around 100 km from Sitapur.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who set out for Lakhimpur Kheri, has been stopped in Moradabad and made to go elsewhere by police, sources told News18.

On the other hand, Union minister Ajay Mishra reached Delhi and met Home Minister Amit Shah amid report that his son Ashish may surrender as Section 302 (punishment for murder) was invoked against him in the FIR that was registered after Sunday’s violence. If the post-mortem report shows no wounds of bullet, case remains only of 304A (causing death by negligence), which is bailable from the police station itself.

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