Congress's Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today met the family of 19-year-old Lovepreet Singh, who died on Sunday, run over by an SUV allegedly driven by Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra.
The state government today allowed people in group of five to visit violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri where eight people died Sunday in violence after a convoy of cars mowed down a peaceful protest by farmers
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and three others will be allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, the Uttar Pradesh government has said.
Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish has been named in the police complaint into the deadly violence in Uttar Pradesh that left eight people dead over the weekend, has told NDTV that the vehicle was seen running over farmers, allegedly triggering the clashes, was indeed his. However, the minister said neither he nor his son was present at the spot when the incident happened.
Here are Highlights after UP Violence In Lakhimpur Kheri:
The violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, that left eight people including four farmers dead - triggering a major political row over the alleged involvement of a union minister's son, will be taken up by a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana on Thursday.
The court has decided to take up the case amid a growing outcry over the Uttar Pradesh police's handling of the investigation, media reports and a letter written to the Chief Justice by two lawyers from the state.
Farmers have vowed to intensify their months-long movement against laws aimed at liberalising agriculture as tension flared after the eight people were killed in clashes between protesters and ruling party supporters on Sunday.
Congress's Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have reached UP's Lakhimpur Kheri
Congress's Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have met the families of farmers who died on Sunday incident.
Congress's Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have reached Lakhimpur Kheri and are meeting the families of farmers who died on Sunday. They are accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Congress leader KC Venugopal and others. A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party has already reached the area.
Both Chhattisgarh and Punjab governments today announced a financial assistance of ₹ 50 lakh each to families of four farmers and a journalist killed in the violence that broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.
The Chief Ministers of the two Congress-ruled states, along with party leader Rahul Gandhi, have arrived in Lucknow, from where they intend to go to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the victims.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the Lakhimpur violence reminded him of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
He said the UP government has made a "mockery" of democracy.
Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who was on his way to meet the families of farmers killed in the violence that broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur, was detained this evening. He landed in Delhi earlier in the day and visuals showed him setting out for the BJP-ruled state straight from the airport.
"They are letting others to meet the grieving families, why aren't they allowing us? I just want to meet the families without creating any law-and-order problem," said Sachin Pilot after being detained in Moradabad.
The Ghaziabad Police had launched a special checking drive upon getting information about Sachin Pilot's intended visit to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of farmers
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left for Lakhimpur Kheri Wednesday evening from a PAC guest house in Sitapur where she was kept in detention since Monday morning.
Sitapur Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) Pyarelal Maurya said that Priyanka Gandhi has been released from detention.
On their way to the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri from Sitapur, Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi are travelling in one vehicle, while Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Deepinder Hooda are in another.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel are in another vehicle.
Congress's Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have left for Lakhimpur Kheri from Sitapur to meet the families of farmers who died on Sunday. A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party has already reached the area.
Congress will on Thursday march from Punjab's Mohali to Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri in protest against the alleged killings of farmers there, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has said.
According to a statement issued by Mr Sidhu's office, the march would be led by him.
Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel have announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakhs separately to the family of four farmers who died in the Lakhimpur incident.
Meanwhile, a five-member Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi had left for violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri from Lucknow airport on Wednesday.
Congress's Rahul Gandhi has reached UP's Sitapur, where his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been lodged since her arrest on Monday. The two have been given clearance to visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has reached Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur, the city where her sister and party General Seretary Priyanka Gandhi has been kept after her arrest.
Junior minister Ajay Mishra today met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah amid opposition calls for his sacking over allegations that his son ran over farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Top government sources, however, ruled out his resignation.
Sources said Mr Mishra had clarified "not once but twice" that neither he nor his son was present at the site of the violence.
Speaking to NDTV yesterday, Mr Mishra had denied any pressure to step down. "Why would I [resign]? There is no pressure on us, We will investigate this, and those involved, who conspired, will take action against them," he had said.
Rahul Gandhi today argued with security staff at the Lucknow airport, where he was surrounded when he refused to be driven to Lakhimpur Kheri in an official car.
"Who are you to arrange my transport? I want to leave in my car," the Congress leader, accompanied by the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Chhattisgarh, said.
When he was stopped from leaving, he sat within the airport.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met with his Minister of State Ajay Mishra today amid opposition calls for his sacking over allegations that his son ran over farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.
Speaking to NDTV on Tuesday, Ajay Mishra denied he was under any pressure to step down. "Why would I [resign]? There is no pressure on us, We will investigate this, and those involved, who conspired, will take action against them," he said.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and three others will be allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri - where eight people died Sunday in violence after a convoy of cars mowed down farmers holding a peaceful protest - the Uttar Pradesh Home Department said this afternoon.
UP police have so far blocked Mr Gandhi, Ms Gandhi Vadra and other opposition leaders from travelling to Lakhimpur Kheri to visit the families of the four farmers run over by vehicles, one of which was allegedly driven by Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son, Ashish Mishra.
We're working to keep things under control & we'll soon allow them (political leaders) to visit (Lakhimpur Kheri) but we're doing what's required at this moment. Yogi govt is committed to arrest the culprits & take strict action against them: UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh pic.twitter.com/INyqurVVcG- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 6, 2021
Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni today was seen at the Ministry of Home Affairs in the national capital's North Block, reported news agency ANI
It has been speculated that he was summoned by the BJP high command. Opposition parties have also demanded his resignation in the aftermath of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Mr Teni had earlier today clarified that he has not been summoned by the party high command.
Today, with two CMs we will visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh to understand the situation there and support the farmers' families. Yes, Priyanka has been put under detention (in Sitapur) but this is a matter relating to the farmers: Rahul Gandhi, Congress pic.twitter.com/IzTVk6HSKd- ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2021
Govt has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi. If he arrives in Lucknow, we'll request him at the airport not to visit Lakhimpur Kheri & Sitapur. SP & DM of Lakhimpur & Sitapur urged us to stop him from coming in wake of law & order situation: DK Thakur, Lucknow Police Commissioner pic.twitter.com/FVcwm82Vlr- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 6, 2021
Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra Teni on Wednesday clarified that he has not been summoned by the BJP high command to the national capital over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Speaking to ANI on phone, the Minister said, "The party high command has not summoned me. I will be reaching New Delhi by tonight or tomorrow as I have work and appointments lined up."
Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, had drove into the gathering of protesting farmers, gun blazing, in which one farmer died, read the First Information Report, which was released this evening by the Uttar Pradesh police. "The act (mowing down the farmers) was a well-planned conspiracy by minister and his son," read the FIR, based on a complaint filed by the farmers. Read more