A large number of policemen have been deployed outside the residence of Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. The SP leader was scheduled to leave for Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of victims of violence.
Atul Pradhan, a Samajwadi Party leader, said that Akhilesh Yadav was “house arrested” late last night.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Sunday violence reached 9 and the Uttar Police has filed an FIR against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Mishra and 15 others for murder and inciting violence.
On Sunday, Akhilesh had demanded Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi’s resignation over the clashes.
In a tweet in Hindi, Yadav wrote that running over farmers who were peacefully protesting the farm law (three new central farm laws) by the son of a Union minister of state was inhuman and cruel.
“UP will not tolerate atrocities by arrogant BJP members…and if this state of affairs continues then in UP, BJP members will not be able to travel in vehicles or get out of them,” he added in the tweet.
The state government has barred political leaders from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri.