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Lakhimpur Kheri: SKM dismisses UP government’s SIT, inquiry commission; ‘Rail Roko’ threat on October 18

By PTI

New Delhi: Dismissing the SIT and the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Uttar Pradesh government to probe the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the SKM on Friday said it would call for a nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ protest on October 18 if its demands were not met. Will do .

The United Kisan Morcha has demanded that Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra be sacked and his son Ashish Mishra arrested in connection with the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Eight people died in this incident.

Four of them were farmers, who were allegedly crushed to death by vehicles driven by BJP workers on their way to welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Ashish Mishra has been named in the FIR, alleging that he was one of the vehicles that rammed four farmers.

The SKM, in a statement, said it would call for a nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ protest on October 18 if its demands were not met by October 11.

The SKM said it rejects both the SIT and the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Uttar Pradesh government to probe the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

It demanded an impartial inquiry into the matter which would be directly monitored by the Supreme Court.

The statement said that the SKM also welcomes the Supreme Court order asking the Uttar Pradesh Police to maintain all evidence in the case.

UP Police has issued a fresh notice to Ashish Mishra asking him to appear on Saturday by 11 am as his summons for Friday was missed.

Confronting reporters at the Lucknow airport, Ajay Mishra said that his son could not appear before the police as he was not well, but would record his statement on Saturday.

Besides four farmers, two BJP workers, Ajay Mishra’s driver and Raman Kashyap, a journalist working for a private TV channel, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

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