“If you can stop me, why can’t the culprits?” »: Priyanka Gandhi on the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri

Speaking to NDTV news channel during his detention, Gandhi said that if the government can arrest opposition leaders like Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhupesh Baghel or place them under house arrest, “then why not?” don’t you stop the culprits or place them? in custody? ”“ For you (BJP government) politics is important but the life of a farmer is not important, ”she said.

“You have all the police force to stop us, where was that force when the minister’s son crushed the farmers? Why has the minister not resigned yet? Gandhi asked.

Gandhi alleged that she was arrested without a warrant. “My colleague was beaten and pushed around. They were trying to force us into a jeep and take us somewhere. It’s kidnapping. You did not show me an order or tell me under which section I am detained, ”she said.

“Initially, they said we were arrested under section 144 (illegal assembly). But there were four of us, so we did not violate article 144. Then they said that we were arresting you under article 151 (to prevent the commission of recognized offenses) ”, added the leader. of Congress.

Asked about the allegations of the Minister of State for the Interior of the Union, Ajay Mishra, that his the son was not present at the spot where the incident happened and where the farmers attacked the convoy, Gandhi said “this is a misrepresentation”. “If you see the videos and talk to the people on the ground, you will find that he is wrong,” she added.

“I just want to meet the parents of the farmers and express my condolences. Why does the government not want me to visit them? Why are they so shaken up that they have all the strength to stop me? They behaved the same when I visited Hathras and walked to Darapuri’s house, ”said the congressman.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body for agricultural unions, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, demanding that the minister be sacked and that a murder case be brought against his son. She also requested an investigation by a SIT under the supervision of the Supreme Court.