Bharatiya Janata Party (MP) Varun Gandhi on Monday wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, demanding strict action against the culprits and suggested a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe in the matter in a time bound manner.
Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party (MP) Varun Gandhi on Monday wrote to UP CM Yogi Adityanath demanding a SC-monitored CBI probe into the Lakhimpur violence.
The MP from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh paid tribute to the farmers killed in the incident and said a compensation of Rs 1 crore should be given to the families of the victims. “The incident of ruthless killing of farmers protesting at Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 is heart-wrenching. It has caused anger and pain among the citizens of the country. This incident is unforgivable. The protesters are our citizens. If they have problems with some issues and If we are protesting within our democratic rights, we must exercise restraint and be patient in dealing with them,” read Gandhi’s letter in translation from Hindi.
It said, “I pay tribute to the farmers killed in the incident and express my condolences to their families.”
Varun Gandhi requested Adityanath to “identify all the suspects in the incident and take strict action against them by registering a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.”“In this regard, it would be appropriate to bring all the guilty to justice by a Supreme Court-monitored CBI inquiry in a time bound manner,” he said.
Several opposition leaders from various parties including Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are also scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.
The District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri has invoked Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits the assembly of five or more people at a time in the district.
Sanyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni, arrived with three vehicles when the farmers were dispersing their protest at the helipad and landed on the farmers. And finally attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk too directly, tried to drive a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra denied the allegations of SKM and said that he was not present at the place where the incident took place.
“…some unruly elements attacked our workers, killing 4-5 of them. I was in Banbirpur from 9 am till the end… I was not at the (incident) place for two days… Maybe they don’t like me and are using politics.Allegations against me are completely baseless and I demand judicial inquiry into this matter and culprits should be punished.
The Uttar Pradesh Police said that eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants along with the protesting farmers pelted stones at the car, leading to an ‘unfortunate incident’.
With ANI inputs
First published:October 4, 2021, 11:21 am