New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brajesh Pathak on Thursday met the families of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers who were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3, 2021, reported ANI. However, the minister is yet to meet the families of the deceased farmers.
Earlier, assuring people that justice would be done in the Lakhimpur violence incident, UP Law Minister Pathak had said that the matter was sub-judice and advised opposition parties not to politicize the issue.
Violence broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 after two SUVs allegedly rammed into a group of anti-agriculture law protesters protesting against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road. The violence has claimed 8 lives so far. Farmer leaders alleged that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son was in an SUV which allegedly crushed the protesters.
In this regard, the police have arrested five people, including Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.
Recently, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur arrested Ankit Das, nephew of former Congress MP Late Akhilesh Das. It is being told that Ankit was present in the car which was behind the SUV that crushed the four farmers. As per the latest update, Ankit Das was sent to judicial custody till October 22, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Congress has once again reiterated its demand for the sacking of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni for an independent and fair investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
A delegation led by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, which included Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, AK Antony and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, met President Ram Nath Kovind on October 13, 2021 to push the demand.
(with inputs from ANI)