Allow farm leaders to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, says Chaduni after release from detention
Chief Farmer Leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni on Tuesday demanded that all farmer leaders be allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri while expressing reservations about the attempts to refuse movement in the region.
“It is a mistake that the leaders of the farmers are not allowed to move to Lakhimpur. It seems there are attempts to suppress and hide something, ”Chaduni told The Indian Express. He was released at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday following midnight unrest in Haryana with farmers blocking highways and staging protests at the gherao homes of BJP-JJP leaders. Sources said Chaduni was brought to the Kundli border in Delhi with UP cops accompanying him in five to six vehicles.
UP police arrested Chaduni in Meerut on his way to Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday afternoon. He was kept in the Meerut police lines, sources said. As word of his arrest spread, farmers in Haryana began blocking highways from 6 p.m. Monday. They even organized dharnas on some highways. At 8 p.m. they began to move into the homes of a few BJP-JJP leaders.
Several farmers sat on a dharna in front of the Karnal residence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Meanwhile, Karnal BKU leader Jagdeep Singh Aulakh announced that farmers would block all highways from 7 a.m. on Tuesday if Chaduni was not released by then.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) also condemned Chaduni’s detention. In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said: “The undemocratic and authoritarian behavior of the UP government is illegal and contested by SKM. It is clear that the Yogi government is suspicious of the truth of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre fully emerging before the world and is protecting its own. SKM condemns the attempts of the UP government to prevent the people of Punjab from coming to Lakhimpur Kheri and calls on the UP government to withdraw its letter to the chief secretary of the government of Punjab on this matter.
“Reports are coming in that the UP police are preventing and harassing farmers in other places who want to attend the last rites of two young people from the Bahrain district who were martyred in Lakhimpur Kheri. The SKM demands that the UP government cease its undemocratic behavior and not take away the fundamental rights of citizens, ”he added.
Previously, top BKU leader Rakesh Tikait and Bhim’s army chief Chandrashekhar were the only leaders allowed to enter the region amid a state government crackdown on entry. opposition leaders and shutting down Internet services. Tikait played a key role in facilitate the autopsy of the four farmers who were killed after protesters guarded bodies overnight at a college.