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SIT reports Lakhimpur gory ‘intentional’, all 14 accused to face murder charge

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In the recent events of development in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case – where eight people on October 3 including four farmers were deliberately mowed down by a SUV, a SIT has found out that it was not an unintentional killing but a conspiracy and now all the 14 accused arrested in the case will face charges of murder.

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According to reports, Special Investigation Team (SIT) has filed in its report that the incident seemed to be planned and now the agency will probe the incident as a murder case.

According to a media report, the SIT probing the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence, has filed an application before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) to include new sections against the 13 accused to make their offence punishable under attempt to murder charges.

Vidhyaram Diwakar, the SIT investigating officer, filed the application last week in the CJM’s court for adding new sections in the warrant, replacing sections 279, 338 and 304A of the IPC.

In his application, the investigating officer pointed out that the incident was well-planned and a deliberate act, and not of negligence or callousness.

The investigating officer has requested to add Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code after replacing sections 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way), 338 (Whoever causes grievous hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

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Eight people died in the October 3 violence incident in Lakhimpur. Along with four farmers who were allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers, a local journalist Raman Kashyap also lost his life in the incident. Infuriated farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. They included two BJP workers and their driver.

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