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9 killed in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, Priyanka Gandhi & Akhilesh Yadav detained

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained and PAC was deployed outside the residence of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav as Lakhimpur Kheri turned into a fortress a day after eight people were killed during a farmers’ protest yesterday over a statement made by Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni at an event earlier in the day.

Lucknow Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained and PAC was deployed outside the residence of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav after Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh turned into a battle ground after eight people were killed during farmers protest on Sunday.

However, after dodging the police for about five hours, Gandhi was detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police in the Hargaon police station area around 5.30 am on Monday. She has been taken to a guest house in the Sitapur district. The UP Congrees tweeted asking people to reach the area in support.

The violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly ran over four anti-farm law protesters over a statement made by Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni, who was on his way to his village after a programme of UP Deputy CM Keshav Maurya in Lakhimpur city.

Nine farmers died after the vehicle ran over them during the protest. A journalist who sustained an injury during the violence died in the hospital.

After the incident, angry farmers present at the spot allegedly torched a vehicle belonging to the minister’s convoy.

Farmers have alleged that Teni’s son Ashish Mishra was driving the vehicle which ran over the farmers. Teni, reacting to allegations, said his son was not even present at the spot when the incident took place.

He slammed the entire incident and called it a “conspiracy”, adding that his own vehicle, which was being driven by his driver, was pelted with stones due to which it overturned and two farmers came underneath.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath 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.

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