‘If you can arrest me, why not the culprits?’: Priyanka Gandhi on Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Speaking to information channel NDTV whereas in custody, Gandhi said that if the federal government can take Opposition leaders like Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrashekhar Azad, and Bhupesh Baghel into custody or place them beneath home arrest, “then why are you not arresting the culprits or placing them in custody?” “For you (BJP government), politics is important but the life of a farmer is not important,” she stated.

“You have the full police force out to stop us, where was this force when the Minister’s son ran over the farmers? Why hasn’t the Minister resigned yet?” Gandhi requested.

Gandhi alleged that she had been arrested with out a warrant. “My colleague was beaten and shoved. They were trying to put us inside a jeep forcibly and take us somewhere. This is kidnapping. You haven’t showed me an order or told me under which section I am being taken into custody,” she stated.

“Initially, they said we are being arrested under section 144 (unlawful assembly). But we were four people, so we haven’t violated section 144. Then they stated we are arresting you under section 151 (to prevent the commission of cognizable offences),” the Congress chief added.

On being requested about Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s allegations that his son wasn’t current on the spot when the incident occurred and the farmers had attacked the convoy, Gandhi said that “it’s a misrepresentation of facts.” “If you see the videos and speak to people on the ground, you will find that he’s wrong,” she added.

“I only want to meet the kin of the farmers and express my condolences. Why won’t the government want me to visit them? Why are they so rattled that they have the full force out to stop me? They had the same behaviour when I visited Hathras and walked to Darapuri’s house,” the Congress chief stated.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella physique of farm unions, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, demanding that the minister be sacked and a homicide case filed towards his son. It additionally demanded an investigation by an SIT beneath the supervision of the Supreme Court.

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