Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

Sachin Pilot Is En Route Sitapur, Has Plans To Go To Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress Party Sources

Congress leader and former deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot has plans to go to the violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri, party sources said. Several leaders of the opposition including AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi have been detained and while on their ways to reach there.

Sachin Pilot will reach Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh by road. Sources say he may arrive in Lakhimpur Kheri as well PTI Photo

Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot will reach Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh by road via the Ghazipur border on Wednesday, party sources said.

He has landed at the Delhi airport and is heading towards Sitapur now.

The Ghaziabad Police, meanwhile, launched a special checking drive upon getting information about Pilot's intended visit to Lakhimpur Kheri.

Every vehicle is being checked. The Ghaziabad administration will not permit Pilot to go Lakhimpur as his presence may cause law and order problems there, City Superintendent of Police (second) Gyanendra Singh, who is on duty at Ghazipur border, told PTI. 

Four of the eight dead in Sunday's violence in Lakhimpur Kheri were farmers, allegedly knocked down by vehicles driven by BJP workers travelling to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to an event in the area.

The four others included two BJP workers, a driver of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, and Raman Kashyap, a journalist working for a private TV channel.

While the first three were allegedly lynched by agitating farmers, the scribe, according to his father, died after being hit by a vehicle when he was covering news of farmers' protest against Maurya's visit to Ajay Mishra's native place.

The UP Police has lodged a case against Union minister Ajay Mishra's son but no arrest has been made.

All India Congress Committee general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been in detention in Sitapur since Monday.

Pilot had earlier called the UP Police's actions on Priyanka Gandhi "against constitutional values". He conveyed the same in a tweet, 

(With PTI Inputs)