The state government has decided to give a government job and Rs 4.5 million to the families of every person who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Union Minister Ajay Mishra, father of the accused, has demanded Rs 5 million ex gratia to families of each deceased BJP worker.
Four farmers have died and more than a dozen injured. Photo: By arrangement
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give Rs 45 lakh and a government job each to the families of every person who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence yesterday on October 3.
“Govt will give Rs 45 lakhs and a govt job to the families of every person who died in Lakhimpur Kheri violence yesterday. The injured will be given Rs 10 lakhs,” stated the UP government.
“Govt will give Rs 45 lakhs & a govt job to the families of 4 farmers who died in Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday. The injured will be given Rs 10 lakhs. FIR will be registered based on farmers’ complaint. Retired high court judge will probe the matter,” ADG (Law & Order) Prashant Kumar told ANI.
“Leaders of political parties have not been allowed to visit the district because Section 144 of CrPC is in place. However, members of farmer unions are allowed to come here,” he added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Ajay Mishra has also demanded Rs 50 lakhs (Rs 500,000) for the families of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers who died in the violence.
“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/retired judge and strict action be taken against the culprits,” Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni was quoted as saying.
Yesterday, on October 3, Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya was visiting the Union minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra’s village in Tikunia, Lakhimpur Kheri, when local farmers and the supporters of the political leaders clashed leading to eight deaths.
Reportedly, the driver of the car carrying Union Minister Mishra’s son mowed down a group of farmers in Tikunia. However, the minister has denied the presence of his son at the incident. “My son was not present at the place of Lakhimpur Kheri incident; have video evidence,” he was quoted as saying.
The minister also said that stones were pelted on BJP workers’ car which overturned and two persons came under it and died. The minister claimed that BJP workers were lynched after this.
In his letter to the UP CM today, the BJP Member of Parliament Varun Gandhi demanded Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) compensation to the kin of deceased farmers.
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav had also demanded Rs 20 million ex gratia for the families of deceased farmers. “₹ 2 crore should be given to the farmers who have lost their lives. Their families should be given government jobs,” said Yadav while protesting outside his home in Lucknow’s Vikramaditya Marg. He was later arrested by the UP Police.
So far, two key opposition leaders of Uttar Pradesh – Akhilesh Yadav, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, general secretary of All India Congress Committee – have been arrested after they were stopped from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri district, where eight people, including four farmers and three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, succumbed to the violence clashes yesterday on October 3.
A video circulating on social media shows that the Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on her way to the clash site, was arrested in Hargaon today. So far, there is no official statement by the UP police on her arrest.
“She was arrested early in the morning at around 5am. She was only thirty-forty kilometres from the clash site. Dipendra Hudda [MP from the Indian National Congress], Dhiraj Gurjar ji [AICC National Secretary], her personal assistant, and Ajay Kumar Lallu ji [President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee] were also arrested,” Noida-based Pankhudi Pathak, social media department, Congress, told Gaon Connection.
“They are not allowing anyone to reach Sitapur or Lakhimpur now. Many of our party workers have been arrested at Lucknow and Sitapur borders,” she added.
The national spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party Sanjay Singh has been detained. “He [Sanjay Singh] was detained last night at 2:30 am. He has been detained in Biswa (near Sitapur) in a guest house. Nobody is allowed to meet him,” the party spokesperson told Gaon Connection.
“We demand a CBI probe into the matter and the minister’s son and minister should be arrested as soon as possible. Our protest will start officially in all the district headquarters at 1pm,” he added.
Reportedly, an FIR has been registered against Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son for allegedly running a car over protesting farmers at the clash site in Lakhimpur Kheri.
It is reported that four farmers were killed when the driver of the vehicle carrying the son of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra “Teni” mowed down farmers protesting at the clash site in Lakhimpur Kheri. Thereafter, three BJP workers and the driver are claimed to have been lynched by the mob.
Farmers have alleged that the driver of the car carrying the minister’s son mowed down a group of farmers as he tried to swerve away from the crowd. However, the Union Minister has denied the presence of his son at the clash site.