Demanding the removal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni from the Council of Ministers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why no arrests were made. ‘had also taken place in the context of clashes in Lakhimpur Kheri which left eight people, including four farmers, dead earlier this week.
Alleging that “the whole system” was trying to protect the defendants, the national leader of the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party also sought to know “why is there so much hatred against the farmers” who are protesting against the three contested agricultural laws since November. Last year.
âI speak to you (Modi) on behalf of the Indian people. Why has the accused, who crushed the farmers, still not been arrested? Why are they safe from punishment? Everyone watched on television how the violence unfolded. It seems the whole system is committed to saving those behind the incident despite murdering people in broad daylight and in front of so many others. We have only seen such things in Hindi films, âKejriwal told reporters here.
âFor a year, farmers have been sitting on a dharna. More than 600 farmers have died to date. And then the farmers are crushed and killed by mowing them under the wheels. Why is there so much hatred against farmers? he asked the Prime Minister.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed on Sunday in the bloodiest clash since farmers began protests against Central Farm laws last year. The farmers were reportedly run over by a vehicle belonging to Teni, prompting villagers to rampage and torch vehicles, and killed four more people.
On Monday, Uttar Pradesh police convicted Teni, his son Ashish Mishra and others of murder and other charges based on a complaint filed by farmers in connection with the incident. No arrests have been made so far.
The state government also decided to ban opposition leaders from moving from Lucknow to Lakhimpur Kheri, by deploying police and issuing orders under Article 144 of the CrPC, which restricts the movement or the gathering of four or more people.
Taking a hit at Union MoS’s claims that her son was not present at the scene at the time of the incident, as the farmers claim, Kejriwal said: âToday the people of this system are saying that the vehicle involved in the violence did not have the minister’s son in it. After a week this system will say there was no car in the incident, and a week later they will say there were no farmers there. The truth is, we don’t have justice here. Today, every citizen demands justice.
Attacking the state government for imposing restrictions in the district, Kejriwal said: are arrested on their way to Lakhimpur. What kind of freedom is it? The British used to take such measures, âhe said.
Congress Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had tried to visit affected families but was arrested on Monday and then arrested on Tuesday. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was also not allowed to leave Lucknow Airport to visit the district on Monday.
After initially denying political parties permission to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, the state government has now allowed political leaders to visit the district, the PTI news agency reported.
Earlier Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi left for the district from Lucknow Airport in his own vehicle after staging a brief “dharna” over the initial request to travel in a police vehicle.
Urging Modi to visit the relatives of the deceased, Kejriwal said: âEvery citizen of this country today calls for justice for the farmers. The decision is in your hands.
âThe families of the farmers, who died in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, are inconsolable. If they meet their Prime Minister, it will bring some relief, âhe added.