Priyanka Gandhi along with other Congress leaders reach the border of Lakhimpur Kheri.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary, and other party leaders arrived at the Lakhimpur border early Monday, but claimed they were not allowed to meet the victims of the violence that erupted during a farmers' protest the day before, killing eight people. As heavy security was deployed on the main roads in the violence-hit region of Lakhimpur, Priyanka Gandhi, who was accompanied by party leader Deepender Singh Hooda and others, had to take alternate routes to reach the bordering Hargaon area in Saitapur.
“We're standing outside Lakhimpur Kheri, waiting. The police have made it impossible for us to enter. We've come to meet the victims of the violence,” Dheeraj Gurjar, the Congress' national secretary, told PTI over the phone at 4.30 a.m. Priyanka Gandhi's convoy had been briefly stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police officials in Lucknow on Sunday night, just hours after violence was reported during an anti-farm laws protest here.
The Uttar Pradesh police department took to Twitter early Monday to describe the occurrence as "unfortunate," adding that the district administration had confirmed eight casualties so far. “The ADG LO, ACS Agriculture, IG Range, and Commissioner are on the scene, and the matter is under control,” says the statement. It went on to say, "Adequate deployment has been done to avert any adverse incidence."