Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday detained the Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav who was staging the sit-in protest outside his residence against the Lakhimpur violence that claimed eight lives.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh police has deployed its forces outside former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav’s residence at Vikramaditya Marg ahead of his scheduled visit to Lakhimpur Kheri. In solidarity with the farmer’s protest, the Samajwadi Party President staged a sit-in protest outside his residence. “Govt does not want any political leaders to go there. What is the Govt hiding?” he was quoted by ANI on its official Twitter handle.
After the SP President stage a sit-in protest, the Uttar Pradesh Police took him into custody. “Police take Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav into custody outside his residence where he staged a sit-in protest after being stopped from going to Lakhimpur Kheri where 8 people died in violence yesterday,” ANI tweeted.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday claimed that the house arrest put upon the BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra by Uttar Pradesh Police is still continuing. She further said that the house arrest was put on Satish Chandra Mishra, as he was scheduled to visit the Lakhimpur Kheri in wake of the violence that erupted after two SUVs allegedly ran over a group of anti-farm law protesters on Sunday.
“BSP’s National General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Shri SC Mishra were placed under house arrest late last night at his residence in Lucknow, which is still underway so that the party delegation under his leadership could not go to Lakhimpur Kheri to get the correct report of the farmer’s massacre. This is very sad and condemnable,” Mayawati tweeted on Monday.
She demanded a judicial probe to look into the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. “Due to the involvement of two BJP ministers in the sad Kheri case of UP, proper government investigation of this incident and justice to the victims and strict punishment to the guilty does not seem possible. Therefore, this incident, in which 8 people have been confirmed dead so far, requires a judicial inquiry, the demand of BSP,” she said.
Meanwhile, various politicians such as Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randahwa, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Jayant Chaudhary and a delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) have said that they will be visiting the district today.