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Lakhimpur: Farmers, politicians pay homage to deceased protesters, journalist

Thousandsof farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and different components of Uttar Pradesh, farm leaders and political leaders converged in Lakhimpur’s Tikunia village for the ‘antim ardas’ (remaining prayers) of the 4 farmers and a journalist killed within the October 3 violence.

The ‘antim ardas’ for the 4 deceased farmers, Daljeet Singh and Gurvinder Singh of Bahraich district, Nachhattar Singh of Dhaurahra (Lakhimpur) and Lovepreet Singh of Pallia (Lakhimpur) and journalist Raman Kashyap of Nighasan (Lakhimpur) was held amidst heavy police presence. The items of the police, Provincial Armed Constabulary and Fast Motion Drive have been deputed close to the venue to make sure regulation and order and avert any untoward incident.

Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, UP Congress Committee chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary and Samajwadi Occasion leaders together with its district president Rampal Singh Yadav have been amongst those that paid tribute to the deceased.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha and Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Singh Pal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Dharmendra Malik moreover native farm union leaders additionally arrived within the village to pay tributes.

Paying homage to the deceased, farmer leaders reiterated their demand for the arrest of Union minister of state for house Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni. “Insaf tabhi hoga jab mantri giraftar hoga (Justice will be done only after the minister (junior minister for home Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni) is arrested,” stated an area farm chief, Joginder Singh.

Notably, farm unions blame Mishra and his son Ashish for the October 3 incident during which a convoy of autos belonging to the junior house minister ploughed via farmers getting back from a protest. The UP police arrested Ashish Mishra in reference to the case on Saturday.

Members of the family of the deceased farmers additionally reiterated the identical demand. “The police cannot conduct a fair investigation till minister Ajay Mishra resigns from his post and is arrested for criminal conspiracy that resulted in the violence,” stated Gurjinder Singh, uncle of deceased farmer Gurvinder Singh.

Eight individuals, together with 4 farmers, have been killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3, within the bloodiest conflict for the reason that farmers’ protest over the Centre’s three contentious agricultural legal guidelines began final yr. The farmers have been allegedly knocked down by autos pushed by Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) staff travelling to welcome deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to the realm. The remaining deceased — two BJP staff, a journalist and a driver — have been allegedly pulled out of the autos after which lynched by offended protesters.

In the meantime, the police on Tuesday arrested the fourth accused, Ashish’s confederate, Ankit Das’ driver Shekhar Bharti, who was allegedly driving the black automobile behind Mishra’s automobile that allegedly mowed down 4 farmers.

Final week, the police stated names of whole six accused surfaced in the course of the course of investigation. Aside from Bharti and Ashish, latter’s two accomplices Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey have additionally been arrested. The police stated that three different accused, together with Mishra’s driver and two BJP staff, have been killed in the course of the violence

The police, on Tuesday, additionally took the primary accused, Ashish Mishra into three day custody after the court docket order on Monday, for additional interrogation to crime department whereas Ankit Das filed his give up software in an area court docket on Tuesday.

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