No Let Up In Pressure By Congress On Lakhimpur Incident Accused Minister; Rahul Gandhi Raises Matter In Lok Sabha

| Updated: 16 December, 2021 1:41 pm IST
Rahul Gandhi in Lok sabha

NEW DELHI: Once again former Congress President Rahul Gandhi took on the central government on Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishr Teni, indirectly referring to him as a “criminal” and demanded his removal from the government over his alleged involvement in October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri incident of mowing down four farmers.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi said, “The minister must resign. He is a criminal.” He targeted the MoS without taking his name.

Slamming the government, the Congress leader said, “We should be allowed to speak about the murder that was committed in Lakhimpur Kheri, where there was an involvement of the Minister and about which it has been said that it was a conspiracy.”

He also said that the government should remove him from the cabinet and action must be initiated against him. The fresh attack from the Congress comes a day after Ajay Mishr Teni lost his cool in Lakhimpur Kheri when journalists asked him questions about his son and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of UP Police describing the October 3 incident as a well planned conspiracy.

On Wednesday, too, Rahul Gandhi had said that the Centre was deliberately trying to snuff the opposition voices demanding that accused Ajay Mishr Teni be removed from his post for his alleged involvement in the incident.

Targeting the BJP, the Congress leader said, “We said (in the house) that the report that says the Minister is involved in the incident is already out. We said that at least a discussion should be allowed. But they don’t want any discussion.”

Rahul Gandhi had also moved a notice in Lok Sabha seeking adjournment of business to discuss a “definite matter of urgent importance” — the SIT report on Lakhimpur Kheri. He said the government should “immediately sack” Mishr and “ensure justice is delivered to the families of the victims”.

The BJP is facing embarrassment after the UP Police SIT approached a court on Monday seeking  to invoke four more criminal charges, including the attempt to murder and under the Arms Act, against the 13 accused arrested.

The SIT investigating officer Vidhyaram Diwakar filed an application in the CJM’s court on December 13 for addition of new sections in the warrant, replacing sections 279, 338 and 304A of the IPC. In his application, the investigating officer pointed out that the incident was “well-planned and a deliberate act”, and not one of negligence or callousness.

He also requested for the addition of four sections including 307 (attempt to murder) and 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC to the case.

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