NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Kisan Sangh leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said he does not consider those who killed BJP workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri as criminals as they only reacted to the protesters driving SUVs.
Eight people died in violence on October 3 after an SUV 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 Tikoniya-Banbirpur road in Lakhimpur Kheri. It was done .
Farmers, BJP workers and a journalist are among those killed.
Responding to a question during a press conference, 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.” conference here.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Yogendra Yadav said, “We are saddened by the loss of lives, be it BJP workers or farmers. It was unfortunate and we hope justice will be done.”
Farmer leaders on Saturday demanded that Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son be arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, saying it was an incident. “Pre-planned Conspiracy”.
Yadav alleged during the press conference here that Ajay Mishra should also be removed from the government as he had started this conspiracy and is also protecting the culprits of the case.
He also said that SKM will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in protest against the violence on October 15, which is Dussehra.