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Congress protests death of farmers, arrest of Priyanka

Jammu, October 05 (KMS): Indian National Congress leaders held protest demonstrations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir against arrest of party leader, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and killing of innocent farmers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka was arrested when she was on her way to visit the kin of the victims of Sunday’s violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district.

The Congress vice president in IIOJK, Raman Bhalla, led the protest demonstration in Jammu. The protesters holding placards and flags raised slogans against Uttar Pradesh Government and demanded immediate arrest of all those who were involved in this heinous crime.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla strongly condemned the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri where eight people including four farmers were killed in a protest against two BJP ministers. “The apathy of the BJP towards farmers pains us deeply. Our farmers will always have our unconditional support. No one is above the law, FIR under section 302 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) must be registered against Union Minister’s son for murder of innocent farmers, he should be immediately arrested and put behind the bars for this barbaric act,” Bhalla demanded.

Bhalla slammed UP Government over police “manhandling” Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Lucknow. He said Priyanka was acting as a responsible leader without disturbing peace. Like any other responsible political leader in the country, she felt it was her duty to meet the families of those who were brutally treated and terrorised by the Uttar Pradesh police,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar also against the arrest of Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh and demanded the resignation of the Yogi government in the Indian state.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters, the party President in IIOJK, GA Mir, said the police highhandedness against the Priyanka Gandhi is condemnable and it reflects the lawlessness in the state. Priyanka wanted to sympathise with the farmers and was alone. Her arrest is condemnable, Mir said.

Mir said the Congress workers have gathered at the party headquarter to send the message that they all are in solidarity with the farmers in India. “The police is not allowing us to move outside of our office. We are here to register our protest,” he said

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