Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Tuesday went to Tikonia in Uttar Pradesh to pay her last respects to the victims of Lakhmipur violence. On the previous day, Vadra was also part of the silent protest held nationwide by the Congress party. Nine people had died in the incident, including farm protestors, two BJP workers and their driver and a local journalist.
Reportedly, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has refused to let any political figure irrespective of the party they belong to, to share the dais with the farm leaders.
The four farmers who were killed were allegedly knocked down by a vehicle occupying the workers of the ruling party. The protesters lynched some people to get back at this. According to the farmers, Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra was also present in one of the vehicles. However, the father-son duo has outright rejected anything to do with the unfortunate incident.
The arrest of Ashish Mishra and Ajay Mishra was demanded by the farmer organization Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), and Ashish Mishra was arrested after long hours of questioning.
In the antim ardaas event, the families of the deceased farmers and BKU and SKM leaders like Rakesh Tikait, Dharmendra Malik and Darshan Singh Pal sat sharing the stage and no as announced, no politician was permitted to do so.
Heavy security arrangements were made and police personnel, PAC, and paramilitary forces were deployed around the programme venue.