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The Uttar Pradesh government allowed the opposition leaders to visit the violence-torn Lakhimpur Kheri district 

The Uttar Pradesh government allowed the opposition leaders to visit the violence-torn Lakhimpur Kheri district 
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday allowed the opposition leaders to visit the violence-torn Lakhimpur Kheri district and meet the families of those killed in Sunday's violence, which claimed the lives of eight people including four farmers and a local scribe.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, along with the chief ministers of Punjab and Chattisgarh, reached the spot to meet the families of the victims.

Priyanka, who was arrested late on Sunday night while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, joined her brother at Sitapur, after being released from police custody.

Rahul, earlier, had a tough time getting out of the Lucknow Airport, where he had arrived with Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab CM Charanjeet Singh Channi.

''What kind of permission is this?" an angry Rahul said after he was prevented from moving out of the Airport by the police.

Rahul, Baghel and Channi sat on a dharna inside the Airport premises in protest against the police action.

The Congress leader was later offered to travel in a police vehicle to Lakhimpur but he refused saying that the cops might have some other plans.

A large number of people stood on the side of the road in Lakhimpur Kheri, when the cavalcade of Rahul and Priyanka arrived there on their way to Tikonia, where eight people, including four farmers and a local scribe, were killed in violence on Sunday.

Rahul will be visiting the homes of Luvpreet Singh, who was among those killed after being run over by a vehicle allegedly driven by union minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra.

He was also likely to visit the family of Raman Kashyap, a local scribe, who too was killed in the violence.

Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh has also reached Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of the victims.

Congress leader and former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot was, however, detained in Moradabad while on way to Lakhimpur Kheri.

Punjab Congress president Navjyot Singh Sidhu is likely to reach the district on Thursday.

Government spokesperson and cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh has alleged that the opposition parties wanted to visit Lakhimpur Kheri for a photo opportunity and "now yuvraj”, referring to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, had decided to tour the area.

Singh said the state government will go deep into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

"In the Lakhimpur case, the law will take its own course and guilty will be caught,” he said.

Singh alleged that the opposition's attitude on the “sensitive” Lakhimpur incident was "negative".

"They got a chance for a photo opportunity and do Twitter politics while sitting at home. Their objective is to take photos and post it on social media," he said.

"No one will be allowed to vitiate the atmosphere," he added.

Attacking Gandhi, he said, "now yuvraj” of a party has also decided for political tourism as his sister is already there, referring to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“He (Rahul Gandhi) might not remember that it was in the Congress regime during the emergency when the massacre took place. Sikhs were killed in 1984 riots," Singh said.

On Rahul Gandhi's allegation over the post-mortem of the victims, Singh said, "All the families agreed to its report. On request of one family, which had an objection, a panel of four doctors was sent for re-postmortem."

The probe is being conducted in “full "transparency", he claimed,

He alleged atrocities being committed on farmers in Congress-ruled Punjab and Rajasthan.

Addressing a press conference, Gandhi said he along with two Congress Chief Ministers -- Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and Charanjit Singh Channi (Punjab) -- will try to visit Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families hit by the violence.