New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday (October 9) courted controversy by saying that he does not consider those who killed BJP workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri as criminals as they only protested. Responded to the farmers driving the SUV and called. It is “response to an action”.
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Tikait said, “The killing of two BJP workers after a convoy of cars of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri is an action reaction. I do not consider those involved in the killings as criminals.”
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Yogendra Yadav, who was present in the conference, also demanded justice. Lakhimpur Kheri violence In which eight people including four farmers died. “We are saddened by the loss of lives, be it BJP workers or farmers. It was unfortunate and we hope justice will be done,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Yadav claimed that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish is accused of the October 3 violence, should also be removed from the government as “he started this conspiracy and is also protecting the culprits in the case”.
He said that on Dussehra (October 15), the SKM will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in protest against the violence.
Eight people, including four farmers, lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri in the violence that broke out during the farmers’ protests in Uttar Pradesh. The other four people, who were killed, were present in cars, apparently a part of a convoy of BJP workers who came to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, while one was a local journalist and one was a driver.
Farmer leaders have claimed that Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish was in one of the cars that allegedly hit some farmers protesting the deputy CM’s visit. An FIR has been registered against Ashish Mishra and others in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Earlier on Saturday, farmer leaders had called the incident a “pre-planned conspiracy”, demanding the arrest of Ajay Mishra and his son in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
late on saturday, ashish mishra arrested In connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. A nine-member SIT headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Upendra Agrawal arrested Mishra after questioning him for more than 11 hours.
(with agency input)