In Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, the case of the death of farmers after being crushed by the vehicle of a Union Minister’s son is increasing. Farmers of Punjab are protesting from place to place. The incident of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri is now resonating politically in Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has sought permission from the Uttar Pradesh government to visit Lakhmipur Kheri, where eight people were killed in Sunday’s violence.
CM Channi said, “Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families of the farmers, I am leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri to be with my brothers and sisters in this hour of grief. I asked the UP government to send the helicopter to the site. Asked permission to take off.”
The farmers of Punjab have come under anger after the Lakhimpur incident. In Ludhiana, farmers protested outside the DC office and in Amritsar, farmers gheraoed the house of BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Monday. Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher along with all the people raised slogans against the central government. The farmers also surrounded the BJP office and raised slogans.
Section 144 of Lakhimpur Kheri CrPC is in force. The gathering of two or more people is prohibited. The local administration and the Uttar Pradesh Police have prevented several leaders from entering the area where the farmers were staging a sit-in. Priyanka Gandhi was also arrested in this case.
The protesting farmers claim that four farmers were crushed to death by the convoy of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish. Police say the farmers thrashed the rest of the people in the convoy, killing four more.
In Chandigarh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced the suspension of the party’s program in Jalandhar. He has called a meeting of the top decision-making core committee of SAD tomorrow to decide on the further course of action.
Badal condemned the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kehri and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being stubborn. He demanded that in the light of the tragic incident that has created outrage across the country, the government should repeal the controversial agricultural laws with immediate effect.
Several protests have been organized across Punjab on the call of farmer organizations to condemn the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has asked the Punjab Chief Secretary not to allow any person from the state to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has registered a case against the Union Minister and his son on the basis of a complaint. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) has written to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the dismissal of Teni.