Punjab Congress leader Navjot Sidhu was the latest opposition to be detained after he led a protest in Chandigarh against the death of eight persons, including four farmers, in Sunday’s violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government denied permission to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to visit the violence-hit district in Uttar Pradesh. The Punjab government had today urged the Uttar Pradesh government to allow Mr Channi’s chopper to land so that he can visit Lakhimpur Kheri. Earlier, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa too was denied permission to land at the Lucknow airport.
Mr Sidhu led a protest by Congress workers outside the residence of the Punjab Governor in Chandigarh, raising slogans against the centre over the new farm laws. He also demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son for for allegedly running a car over protesting farmers.
Chandigarh Police detained Mr Sidhu and the Congress workers.