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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meet Lakhimpur victims' families Lakhimpur Kheri incident
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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meet Lakhimpur victims' families

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Oct 2021, 12:42 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday met two families of those killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in Uttar Pradesh after a day-long drama.

"The victims' families must get justice. We have come here to help the family and to put pressure on the administration," said Rahul Gandhi, after meeting the families whose loved ones were allegedly run over by a vehicle driven by Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra's son Ashish.

The Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice will take up a case to look into the violence in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri, that left eight people including four farmers dead.

Besides Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, his Punjab counterpart Charanjit Channi, KC Venugopal, Randeep Surjewala and Deepender Hooda are part of the Congress team.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had a face-off with the UP police when he landed in Lucknow airport over transport arrangements.

Gandhi, who was accompanied by the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Chhattisgarh, refused to take the route or transport suggested by the police, saying,  "Who are you to arrange my transport? I want to leave in my car."

His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was lodged for three days at a guest house in Sitapur after her arrest on Monday. She was released on Wednesday evening.

On Sunday, at least eight people, including four farmers, were killed and several injured after a convoy of three SUVs, one allegedly being driven by the son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni crushed protesters in Lakhimpur Kheri.

The UP government had announced a 'probe' into the incident besides compensation of Rs 45 lakh each to the next of kin of the four farmers.