The Uttar Pradesh government today announced an ex-gratia of ₹45 lakh and a government job for the kin of four farmers who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident yesterday.The injured will be given Rs 10 lakhs.
Violence erupted during a farmers’ protest on Sunday ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Four of the dead were people in the cars, apparently a part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister. They were allegedly thrashed to death. The four others were farmers, officials said.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had earlier issued a statement regarding the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, while the others have been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy. An FIR has been registered against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son and several other persons in connection with incident.
“FIR will be registered based on farmers’ complaint. Retired high court judge will probe the matter,” Kumar added.
Additional Director General (Law and Order) of Uttar Pradesh police Prashant Kumar said: “Government will give ₹45 lakhs and a government job to the families of four farmers who died in Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday. The injured will be given ₹10 lakhs. FIR will be registered based on farmers’ complaints. Retired High Court judge will probe the matter.”
The ADG also informed that no leader of any political party will be allowed to visit the district because Section 144 of CrPC is in place.
Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra however says that he and his son were not present at the spot as alleged by some farmer leaders, contending that he had photo and video evidence to prove it.
“I demand that Rs 50 lakhs be given to the families of each BJP worker who were killed yesterday. The matter should be investigated either by CBI, SIT or by a sitting or retired judge and strict action be taken against the culprits,” he insisted on Monday.
Meanwhile Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) national president Naresh Tikait has asked BJP workers not to visit the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, saying farmers are angry over the violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday.
Addressing a kisan panchayat at the BKU headquarters in Sisoli on Sunday night, he alleged that the BJP was trying to defame the farmers’ agitation by provoking violence.
He asked the BJP workers not to visit the rural areas to avoid any untoward incident.
The remarks came after eight people were killed on Sunday as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.