Sitapur/ Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with other party leaders were taken in custody in Sitapur after a whole night drama.
UP police tried to stop Priyanka, at several places after she started her journey towards Lakhimpur Kheri around midnight from Lucknow.
Later police were successful at Khairabad in Sitapur after they failed at Itaunja toll and at Sidhauli in the early Monday morning.
Along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Uttar Pradesh chief Ajay Kumar Lallu and Rajya sabha member Deepender Hudda were taken in custody. They were kept at a guest house in the police lines in Sitapur.
Priyanka told the media,” I was going to meet the families of the victims. I am going to pacify the deceased families. I am going to share the pain of the victims. What happened shows that the government is doing politics of crushing the farmers. Politics is being done to eliminate them”.
Similarly, Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan was also detained in Sitapur while BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra was detained at his residence in Lucknow.
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait was allowed alone to reach Tikona in Lakhimpur and was holding meetings with the protesting farmers.
In Lucknow, the police force has been deployed at the residence of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, who has announced to go to Lakhimpur on Monday morning.
Police have also been posted at all the residences of the opposition leaders who could go to Lakhimpur.
Meanwhile, Lakhimpur Kheri authorities have clamped section 144 of the CrPC in the entire district and they have banned the entry of all political leaders.