Former PPCC Chief Navjot Sidhu along with other Congress leaders on Thursday held a protest in Mohali to extend their support to the farmers who were allegedly killed in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.

 

A convoy of nearly 1000 Congress workers led by Navjot Sidhu will head to Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur today, said Navjot Sidhu while threatening to observe hunger strike if Minister’s Ajay Mishra who is allegedly involved in the incident is not arrested by UP police.

 

Congress leader Navjot Sidhu said, "What has happened in Lakhimpur Kheri is not acceptable. This is a clear case of murder of farmers who were protesting against draconian laws enacted by the Centre. We demand immediate arrest of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra and his son Ashish Mishra”.

 

Meanwhile, on October 4, Navjot Sidhu and some legislators of his party were detained by Chandigarh police after they held a protest outside the Punjab governor's residence in Chandigarh to extend their support to the violence-hit families.

 

Besides, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday finally managed to meet the families of the farmers and journalist Raman Kashyap, who were killed in Sunday’s violence.

 

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda accompanied the Gandhi siblings during their meetings with the farmers' families.


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The entire route from Sitapur to Lakhimpur Kheri was heavily barricaded. The Lakhimpur district administration allowed only seven vehicles in the convoy to enter the district.

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