Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday vowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people, including 4 farmers, died on Sunday. The Punjab government wrote to the Uttar Pradesh government seeking permission for landing and taking off of the Chief Minister's chopper
Chandigarh: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday vowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people, including 4 farmers, died on Sunday.
"Expressing solidarity with bereaved families of farmers, I am leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri to be with my brothers and sisters in this hour of grief. I have also sought permission from the UP government to allow landing and taking off of chopper at the site," Channi tweeted.
The Punjab government wrote to the Uttar Pradesh government seeking permission for landing and taking off of the Chief Minister's chopper. "As you are aware that due to the situation arising out of the incident and deaths of peacefully protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister wants to visit the concerned families to be with them in this hour of grief," the Punjab government's Civil Aviation director said in the letter to UP Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi.
"It is requested that permission may kindly be granted for landing and taking off chopper of the chief minister. It is, also requested that adequate arrangements may also be made so that the chief minister may meet with the concerned families," it said.
However, the Uttar Pradesh government, earlier in the day, had written to the Punjab chief secretary, urging not to let anyone from the state go to Lakhimpur Kheri where Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed following the death of 8 people.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police. MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the 'unfortunate incident'.