Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and said only one word of sympathy is needed from him. In a tweet, Sibal said, “Lakhimpur Kheri Horror. Modi ji, why are you silent? We need just one word of sympathy from you. It shouldn’t be difficult!”
“If you were in the opposition, what would be your reaction? Please tell us,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
Earlier this week, Sibal had requested the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. He later thanked the Chief Justice of India after the Supreme Court took cognizance of the incident and said that the courts in India are temples of justice which can restore the faith of the voiceless.
Four farmers were crushed by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s three new agricultural laws demonstrated against the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Angry protesters allegedly thrashed two BJP workers and a driver, while a local journalist was also killed in the violence.
The UP Police on Thursday made the first arrest by detaining two people in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and also called Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, for questioning.