Akhilesh Yadav detained in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Samajvadi President (SP) Akhilesh Yadav was detained today according to media reports. Akhilesh sat on dharna after the alleged house arrest.

According to reports, Akhilesh Yadav asked for a compensation for the victim’s family in UP violence case and people with him on the dharna allegedly burnt down the police van after which the SP leader was detained.

Acting on the rising tensions in Lakhimpur, section 144 has been imposed in the district on Sunday night along with additional police deployment. Entry of political leaders into the district has been banned and heavy deployment of police has been made in surrounding districts too.

Opposition leaders like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Deepender Hooda (Congress), Sanjay Singh (AAP) and Chandrashekhar Azad (Bhim Army) have been detained enroute to Lakhimpur

He was put on house arrest on earlier today ahead of his scheduled visit to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet families of victims who were killed in a violence that broke out in the district a day ago.

A large number of policemen were deployed outside the former chief minister’s residence in Lucknow. Atul Pradhan a Samajwadi Party leader said Yadav was “house arrested” late last night.

On Sunday, Yadav had demanded chief minister Adityanath Yogi’s resignation over the brutal clashes that led to death of eight, including four farmers, following a protest over blocking deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Banbirpur village.

In a tweet in Hindi, Yadav wrote running over farmers who were peacefully protesting the farm law (three new central farm laws) by the son of a Union minister of state was inhuman and cruel. “UP will not tolerate atrocities by arrogant BJP members…and if this state of affairs continue then in UP BJP members will not be able to travel in vehicles or get out of them,” he added in the tweet.

Gandhi had reached Lucknow late on Sunday night with party leader Deepinder Singh Hooda.

The UP government has barred most political leaders from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri. So far, among the known faces only Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait has been able to make his way to the restive district.

Internet services have also been partially banned in the district after the incident.

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