The Punjab Congress will march from Mohali in Punjab to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday to protest the ‘brutal murder’ of farmers there.
According to a press release from Sidhu’s office. He would lead the march.
Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel each announced ex-gratia payments of Rs 50 lakhs to the families of four farmers killed in the Lakhimpur incident.
Meanwhile, a five-member Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi departed from Lucknow airport on Wednesday for violence-plagued Lakhimpur Kheri.
Senior party leaders including Bhupesh Baghel, Charanjit Channi, KC Venugopal, and Randeep Surjewala accompanied Gandhi.
According to Uttar Pradesh police, up to eight people were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, claimed that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, arrived with three vehicles around the time farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and, in the end, directly attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk by attempting to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra denied SKM’s allegations and stated that he was not present at the scene of the incident.
MoS Teni also stated that his son was not present at the scene and that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted stones at the car, resulting in the ‘unfortunate incident.’