New Delhi: The Rahul Gandhi-led Congress delegation, which also included party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, reached violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri district on Wednesday night. The delegation met the families of farmers who died after they were run over in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Four farmers were mowed down by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s farm laws was holding a demonstration against the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on October 3. Two BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death allegedly by the angry protesters, while a local journalist was also killed in the violence.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday approved the visit of the Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi. “We have received approval from the government for the visit of Rahul Gandhi-led delegation,” Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate (DM) Dr Arvind Kumar Chaurasiya told ANI.
The five-member Congress delegation also included Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party general secretary KC Venugopal. The leaders are likely to meet three families of those who died in Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had a heated argument with security officials at Lucknow airport on Wednesday before being allowed to embark on his visit to Lakhimpur Kheri.
Trinamool Congress MPs Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Pratima Mondal, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Sushmita Dev have also met with the families of the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people died.