The police has not yet taken concrete action in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The accused who drove the car on the farmers were not even interrogated. Opposition leaders are being prevented from visiting. There is a political boil in UP. Three days after the violent incident on Sunday in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, not a single accused has been caught nor has anyone been questioned by the police. Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Sunday’s violence. A local journalist was also killed in this violence. It is alleged that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra drove his car on the farmers. On Tuesday, several people shared a video on Twitter in which a jeep is seen moving ahead, trampling farmers. Two more cars pass behind the same jeep. During that time the farmers were walking and the jeep hits them from behind.
Some farmers got hit by the jeep and some fell here and there due to the collision. The last rites of the farmers killed in the accident have been performed. However, the relatives of one of the deceased Gurvinder Singh had again demanded postmortem and refused to perform the last rites. The family alleges that Gurvinder died of bullet injuries and the postmortem report is “incorrect”. Gurvinder’s postmortem took place last night and the last rites were performed early Wednesday. On Monday, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, along with the administration, tried to defuse the tension and reached Lakhimpur Kheri to persuade the angry farmers. The UP Police has registered an FIR against Ashish for murder, whom the farmers allege was driving an SUV. But the police denied that shots were fired in the incident, which led to violence and the death of four others. Political boil over Lakhimpur incident In an attempt to meet the relatives of the deceased farmers, many leaders are trying to go to Lakhimpur, but the Uttar Pradesh government is preventing them from going there citing Section 144. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been arrested by the UP Police and kept in a temporary jail at PAC Guest House in Sitapur. Outside the guest house, Congress supporters are busy in support of Priyanka.
Priyanka has alleged that she has been kept illegally without any reason or legal notice. Police has registered a case against Priyanka in Sitapur under other sections of the IPC including breaking section 144. On Tuesday itself, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was not allowed to leave the Lucknow airport and sat on a dharna inside the airport. He said that he wants to go to meet the farmers. But a Trinamool Congress delegation, dodging the police, managed to meet the family of the deceased farmer Lovepreet Singh. The delegation says that when the police stopped them, they called themselves tourists. Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has compared the Lakhimpur incident with the Jallianwala incident and said that the BJP will have to pay the price. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi wanted to go to Lakhimpur with five leaders on Wednesday, but the UP government did not allow it, citing Section 144. “Today there is dictatorship not democracy in the country,” Rahul said at a press conference in Delhi. He said, “We want to meet the victim’s family. Only we are being stopped. Action is not being taken against the minister and his son.” Alleged that farmers are being attacked.
Uttar Pradesh government minister Siddharthnath Singh has told reporters that the culprits will be caught at the earliest. He said that the truth of Lakhimpur will be brought to the fore. Taking a jibe at Rahul, he said, “Congress did the genocide on Sikhs”. He also said that his son Ashish was not in the car. Ajay Mishra says that his son was involved in some other event on the day of the incident and he is not involved in the violent incident. The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted an SIT to probe the violence that took place on Sunday. A six-member SIT will probe the matter. The state government has announced compensation for those killed and a retired high court judge will investigate the matter. The opposition leaders have demanded that the investigation be conducted by the present judge. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, two lawyers have appealed to the CBI to investigate the Lakhimpur violence under the supervision of the Supreme Court.