According to UP DGP Mukul Goel, eight people died in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday during the farmers’ protest on the statement given by the Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni in a program earlier in the day. The incident has created a political storm in UP, as police have reached the spot to investigate the matter and maintain law and order, and a group of leaders, including the opposition, are set to visit the district.
UP DGP Mukul Goel said a total of 8 persons died in the incident. “Out of the eight, four were farmers and the remaining four were others who were in the vehicles,” he said, also appealing for peace to be maintained and assured that action would be taken against
According to the district magistrate, the four deceased farmers have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh (20), Satnam Singh (20), Hari Singh (35), and Subba Singh (65). All belong to Bahraich and Kheri districts.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called a meeting at his residence after the incident. The home department and police officials are attending the meeting.
The CM also expressed grief over the happenings, and said, “Such incidents are unfortunate. The government will ensure that the matter is thoroughly investigated and the involvement of anti-social elements is brought to light. We will take strict action against those involved.”
Internet services were shut in Lakhimpur as tension prevails in the aftermath of the incident. Borders around Lucknow were also sealed on all the roads leading to Lakhimpur.
The incident has kicked off a political storm, with opposition leaders alleging violence on farmers. According to Sources Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was set to reach the District late at night, has been put under house arrest. A delegation of the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, and Chhatisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will visit the district on Monday. After the incident, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha called a press conference and condemned the incident. However, Rahul Gandhi will not visit the District tomorrow. Meanwhile, sources in the administration told CNN-News18 that political leaders may not be allowed to enter the Lakhimpur Kheri district in order to maintain the law and order situation.