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Lakhimpur incident: Kin of BJP workers killed, driver also got 45 lakhs

By PTI

Lakhimpur Kheri: Rs 45 lakh each to the families of two BJP men and a driver of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra who were killed in violence here after a car allegedly crushed protesting farmers in a BJP convoy. amount was given. .

A total of eight people, including four farmers and a local journalist, were killed in Sunday’s violence, including two BJP men and their driver.

The families of the killed farmers and journalists were also given a compensation of Rs 45 lakh earlier by the Uttar Pradesh government.

BJP’s Lakhimpur (Sadar) MLA Yogesh Verma on Thursday handed over compensation checks to the families of late BJP leader Shubham Mishra and the minister’s driver Hari Om Mishra, away from the media glare, sources said.

He said that the local Tehsildar (Revenue Officer) gave the compensation check to the next of kin of the second slain BJP leader Shyam Sundar.

The state government had initially announced an ex-gratia of Rs 45-45 lakh for the families of four farmers, but the kin of local journalist Raman Kashyap was also given checks later.

SDM of Nighasan tehsil OP Gupta along with other civil and police officers handed over money to the journalist’s family two days ago.

Relatives of the two slain BJP workers and Mishra’s driver took to social media to hand over checks to the two families, along with photographs of the MLA confirming the receipt of the money.

The MLA could not be contacted for confirmation, but a government official said on Friday that the government has given compensation to the families of all eight people.

Following a preliminary inquiry into Sunday’s violence, the two killed BJP men and Mishra’s driver have also been named in the FIR as being responsible for inciting the violence, with six primarily unidentified accused.

The sole accused in the complaint lodged by a farmer from Bahraich is Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State (Home) Mishra.

Among the four deceased farmers were Lovepreet Singh and Nachhatar Singh from Lakhimpur, Daljit Singh and Gurvinder Singh from Bahraich.

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