Congress Leaders Stand By Priyanka Gandhi: Lakhimpur Khiri Violence

A case has been registered by Uttar Pradesh police against General secretary of Congress Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 11 others.

As per the police station in charge (SHO) of Hargaon Brijesh Tripathi, a case has been filed under Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable), 107 (security for keeping the peace in other cases), and 116 of the Indian Penal Code against 11 people including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Devindra Hooda Ajay Kumar Lallu and others.

At 4 am on Monday, she was charged for disregarding prohibitory instructions to visit Lakhimpur Kheri. The sections cited against Priyanka Gandhi and other members are related to stopping arrest and bond requiring surety that the law will not be violated.

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A day after impeding Priyanka Gandhi, sources have informed that the Congress leader has been arrested according to the protocol for contravening and disrupting peace under Section 144 of the IPC.

Priyanka Gandhi was arrested on Sunday night, when she was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh, for a meeting with families of farmers in the violence-hit case.

Gandhi had been allocated under house arrest in Lucknow, but she eluded from it and left with some Congress leaders for Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people had been killed, ensuing conflicts between demonstrating farmers and the son of Union Minister Ajay Misra. Due to rising violence, prohibitory actions were enforced in the Lakhimpur under Section 144 (CrPC).

After five hours of chasing, Priyanka Gandhi was stopped by the police at Hargaon where she and few other party members were arrested.

She will soon meet the district magistrate, but her officials have said that they still have no idea about anything about the district administration.

Gandhi has been continuously tweeting while under arrest and was seen to be cleaning the room of the guesthouse (Shram Daan) where she has been kept under house arrest.

On Monday morning, she asked PM Narendra Modi why she was under house arrest while the real violators were roaming unpunished in a video.

The Congress General Secretary presently has been under house arrest at a PAC guest house, “temporary jail” in Sitapur, for over 40 hours. Congress workers have been demanding her release protesting outside the guest house. Gandhi had earlier informed that she was arrested without an order or FIR while those in charge of for fueling the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri were roaming unpunished.

After the arrest of Congress General Secretary, many Congress leaders came forward in support of Priyanka Gandhi and demanded her release of house arrest.
Navjot Singh Sidhu requested the arrest of the son of the Union minister and demanded the UP government to release Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by Wednesday, otherwise he warned that they will march towards Lakhimpur Kheri. New Punjab chief minister Charanjit Channi said that the arrest of Priyanka Gandhi is too much and everything is done intentionally.

Former Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the release of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had gone to share the grief of the upset families and also why he didn’t meet the families of those who’d passed away in the Lakhimpur incident, despiting being in Lucknow on Tuesday for an event.

Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah has expressed his pain and said that the murder of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri reminded the incident of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre; further, he demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said they will have to pay a heavy price for the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and declared that the entire opposition is with the farmers.

Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, sat on the floor after he was not allowed  to leave the airport by police, in protest of Priyanka Gandhi’s arrest. He also came to Lucknow to meet Priyanka Gandhi at Sitapur. After not being able to enter the city, he headed to Delhi.

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