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Akhilesh Yadav detained after protest by UP police from outside his home, death toll rises to 9

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: The violence, that erupted during a farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, has sparked widespread outrage. Many Congress leaders along with general secretary Priyanka Gandhi reached the violence-hit district’s border on Monday (October 4, 2021) to meet the victims after the dramatic escalation of their 10-month long agitation over controversial new laws claimed the lives of four farmers.

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Mean while, Akhilesh sat in protest on the road outside his Vikramaditya Marg residence here on Monday. A police jeep, which was parked on the same road about 200 metres from Akhilesh`s residence, was set on fire.

Earlier, Akhilesh came out of his house around 9 AM, but was informed by the police that he would not be allowed to go to Lakhimpur Kheri. As SP workers shouted slogans and became aggressive, Akhilesh asked them to show patience and squatted on the road.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait also reached the violence-hit area on early Monday. Additionally, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called upon farmers` organisations across the country to protest at District Collector`s and District Magistrate`s offices in all districts across the country today, between 10 am and 1 pm, over the death of the farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh.

The violence broke out during the farmers’ protest ahead of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri. Some claimed that the violence started after a car mowed down the protesters and some unidentified persons allegedly opened fire at the farmers.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed grief over the incident and described it as “unfortunate”. CM Yogi Adityanath said that “action will be taken against whoever is responsible.”

Targeting the Uttar Pradesh government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was allegedly arrested on her way to the Lakhimpur Kheri, won`t relent and will continue fighting for justice.

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“Priyanka, I know you won`t relent – they are stunned by your courage. In this non-violent fight for justice, we will make the country`s Annadata win,” he tweeted.

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