HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sources have reported that there was dense police posting outside his house.
  • A significant number of political leaders were barred from reaching the district by the UP government, with Rakesh Tikait as the only exception.
  • Priyanka Gandhi was earlier arrested on Monday in Hargaon, when she reached the district to meet the families of the victims.
  • Union state minister Ajay Mishra Teni has denied allegations of his son being the driver of the car that murdered eight protestors in Tikonia-Banbirpur Road.

On Monday, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the president of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav was put under house arrest. The house arrest was imposed on Yadav, ahead of his schedule to meet the families of the victims killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri a day ago. According to sources, a dense number of police personnel were posted outside the house of the former CM. Samajwadi Party leader Mr. Atul Pradhan has confirmed the news of the house arrest.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s resignation was demanded by Mr. Yadav on Sunday, in context of the violent clashes leading to the death of eight people, including four farmers. The ruckus emerged over a protest which blocked Deputy CM Prasad Maurya’s visit to the Banbirpur village. In his tweet in Hindi, Akhilesh has maintained that running over the farmers who were indulged in peaceful protests against the farm law, by the son of a Union minister of `the state, was cruel and inhuman as well.

He has said, “UP will not tolerate atrocities by arrogant BJP members….and if this state of affairs continue then in UP BJP members will not be able to ravel in vehicles or get out of them.” In the meantime, Congress leader BY Srinivas has tweeted that Priyanka Gandhi, who reached the district of Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday, intending to meet the families of the victims, was arrested in Hargaon. Gandhi had earlier brought allegations that she was being stopped from going to the village by the police.

A significant number of political leaders have been banned from reaching Lakhimpur Kheri by the UP government with Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait being the only exception. The government has also partially banned internet services in the district, after the incident.

Police sources have said that protestors were infuriated minutes after Maurya’s visit to the Banbirpur village, which comes under the Tikonia police station. They have also stated that the incident took place on Tikonia-Banbirpur road, ahead of the farmers protesting over the farm law blocking the road to oppose the visit of the deputy CM , became inflamed after two SUVs which reportedly belonged to BJP workers, hit them, leaving a significant number of the protestors gravely injured.

However, Union state minister Ajay Mishra Teni has denied the allegations which stated that his son Ashish Mishra was the driver of the vehicle which allegedly ran over and murdered eight protestors in Lakhimpur Kheri.

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