Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was placed under house arrest by the Uttar Pradesh Police, defied the order and left for Lakhimpur Kheri from Lucknow on Sunday night.
However, after dodging the police for about five hours, she was detained by the Uttar Pradesh police in Hargaon police station area at around 5.30 am on Monday. She has been taken to a guest house in Sitapur district. The UP Congress tweeted asking people to reach the area in support.
The Congress leader, who was expected to meet affected families in Tikunia on Monday following the deadly clash between a group of protesting farmers and the convoy of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra, was earlier stopped from leaving Lucknow and placed under a house arrest.
Priyanka left her home on foot and started walking and then later left in a car. According to UP Congress’ Twitter handle, heavy police presence was deployed at toll plazas on the way from Lucknow to Lakhimpur Kheri and the police were stopping activists and the media by parking trucks on the road.