Lakhimpur Kheri: Farmers from Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states today offered “antim ardas” – the final prayers in the Sikh tradition – for the protesters killed in the recent violence, with their leaders vowing to intensify the agitation against the centre’s new farm laws.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary were part of the large gathering near Tikonia village, close to the spot where eight people were killed on October 3.
A local journalist was also among the dead. His family too sat on the dais, along with members of the families of the four farmers, displaying their framed photographs.
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait repeated the schedule of protests planned by the farmers’ unions over the coming days, as they demanded the repeal of the laws and the resignation as well as the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
The junior home minister’s son Ashish Mishra, alleged to be in one of the cars that knocked down the protesters, and three others have been arrested by a Special Investigation team.
Two others have approached the court, seeking to surrender.
Ms Gandhi Vadra bowed to the Guru Granth Sahib and offered flowers before the stage which had a poster with the pictures of the dead farmers. (Input: PTI)