UP govt writes to Airport authority; do not allow Chhattisgarh CM Baghel, Punjab DyCM flights to land
The letter was written by UP’s additional chief secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi citing the imposition of Section 144 that prohibits the gathering of four or more persons in the area.
With lots of opposition leaders announced to throng the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri area, the Uttar Pradesh government has written to the Indian Airport Authority and asked not to grant permission to land the flights of Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Randhawa at Lucknow airport.
The letter was written by UP's additional chief secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi citing the imposition of Section 144 that prohibits the gathering of four or more persons in the area. It is essential to mention here Baghel was appointed as senior observer for the ensuing assembly elections in the state.
Punjab's deputy chief minister's participation is being seen as garnering support from the Sikh community as a large chunk of his community members were present in yesterday's protest.
Several opposition leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, activist Chandrashekhar Azad and farmers' leader Rakesh Tikait to meet the family members of deceased farmers. However, the UP administration has not allowed them to meet them, citing the law and order issue.
So far, a total of eight persons have reportedly died, and over a dozen others have been injured in Lakhimpur Kheri after they were allegedly run over by the convoy of vehicles belonging to the family members of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni.
In response to accusations that his son, Ashish Mishra, was driving the car that attacked protesting farmers and killed eight people in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday, minister of state Ajay Mishra Teni said his son was not even there at the time of the incident. He called the whole thing a "conspiracy" and said his truck, which his driver was driving, was pelted with stones, forcing it to overturn and two farmers to fall below.
The district magistrate has named the four deceased farmers as Sukhwinder Singh (20), Satnam Singh (20), Hari Singh (35) and Subba Singh (35) (65). They are all from the Bahraich and Kheri districts.