The Congress representatives arrived at Bhagwantnagar, the place one of many farmers who died, Lovepreet Singh, 20, lived, round 9.30pm. It was the primary cease on their route. “I solely had one factor to ask for — I demanded justice for my son. She (Priyanka Gandhi) stated she would combat for me,” Lovepreet’s father Satnam Singh informed TOI after the Congress representatives left. They have been headed for Nighasan to satisfy the household of native information channel journalist Raman Kashyap, who was additionally killed in Sunday’s violence.
Earlier within the day, roads to the Chaudhary Charan Singh Worldwide (Lucknow) Airport had been barricaded, with police and CISF deployed whereas a whole bunch of Congress staff gathered. Rahul had introduced he could be in Lakhimpur Kheri. By the point his flight reached the Unnao airspace, Lucknow DM Abhishek Prakash and different police officers had reached the airport. “We acquired the Congress leaders and knowledgeable them that solely 5 individuals might journey to Lakhimpur Kheri as prohibitory orders are in place,” the DM stated. Rahul was travelling with Baghel, Channi, and get together secretaries KC Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala.
After they have been informed they needed to journey to Sitapur, the place Priyanka had been detained over the previous two days, in authorities automobiles, the Congress representatives protested. “Police stopped us on the airport even after the UP authorities’s permission to journey to Sitapur en path to Lakhimpur Kheri. They’re forcing us to board authorities automobiles, however we cannot,” Rahul informed reporters there. Congress staff joined the dharna.
Round 3.15pm, the district administration informed them they might journey in their very own automobiles. They met Priyanka at Sitapur round 5pm and, from there, left for Lakhimpur Kheri.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh additionally visited Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday. Round 8.30pm, he reached Nighasan and met journalist Kashyap’s brother Pawan. He made him communicate to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. “I’ll combat on your justice,” the latter informed Pawan.
Rajasthan Congress MLA and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, nonetheless, couldn’t make it to Lakhimpur Kheri after being stopped at Moradabad. He tweeted, “This night @AcharyaPramodk ji & I have been detained in Moradabad whereas en path to Lakhimpur Kheri. We didn’t break any provisions of the regulation. These undemocratic steps of UP Govt is not going to deter us. We’ll increase our voice for justice for the deceased farmers & their households.”