Mumbai: On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi led a 7-member Congress delegation and met President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital.
In their met with the president, Congress put forward their demand for an independent enquiry by two sitting judges of the Supreme Court in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Also Read: Lakhimpur Violence Condemnable, But All Issues Should Be Raised Equally: Sitharaman
The delegation also demanded the removal of Minister of State Home, Ajay Mishra Teni, alleging that an independent probe is not possible with him being on the post of MoS.
“We told the President that the accused’s father who is Minister of State Home should be removed from the post as a fair probe is not possible in his presence. Likewise, we also demanded inquiry be done by two sitting judges of Supreme Court,” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Lakhimpur Kheri violence | President has given us the assurance that he will discuss the matter with the government today itself: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress pic.twitter.com/yvEVlLsBLl
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The delegation included Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested three people including the son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra. He is at the crime branch office of Uttar Pradesh after the court remanded him 3-day police custody.
Eight people were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri as violence erupted during the farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of both farmers and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) workers on October 3.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body of several farmer unions, had issued a statement regarding the incident and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Ashish Mishra, while the others had been run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot.