Lakhimpur Kheri violence: ‘Uttar Pradesh is the new J&K’, tweets Omar Abdullah

Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday took a dig at the law and order situation in the state after the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri district, saying Uttar Pradesh has become a new Jammu and Kashmir.

“Uttar Pradesh is the ‘new J&K’,” he tweeted, drawing comparisons with the Union Territory which has been plagued by terrorism and violence for decades.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s reaction comes a day after at least eight people were killed during violence in the Uttar Pradesh district.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has registered at least two FIRs in the case and named Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son among others.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, Home Avnish Kumar Awasthi said, “An FIR has been registered against several people, including Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra.”

According to ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar, the details on the FIR were not immediately known.

He said in Lakhimpur, “I am on the spot. Two FIRs have been registered from both the sides in the matter. The detailed information is not available as of now as internet is not working here. We will inform the media about it soon.” “

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday agreed to pay a compensation of Rs 45 lakh to the kin of four farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

A compensation of Rs 45 lakh will be given to the next of kin of the dead while Rs 10 lakh will be given to the injured. A judicial inquiry will also be conducted in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, while a family member of the victims will be given a job.

UP Police’s ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, “The government will give Rs 45 lakh and government jobs to the families of 4 farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday. The injured will be given Rs 10 lakh.”

Kumar also said that an FIR would be registered on the basis of farmers’ complaint and a retired high court judge would investigate the matter.

Violence broke out during farmers’ protests yesterday ahead of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s planned visit to Lakhimpur Kheri.

The dead included both farmers and BJP workers. Four of those killed were traveling in cars which are believed to be part of a convoy of BJP workers. Workers had come to Lakhimpur to welcome the UP minister.

It is alleged that all four were beaten to death. Farmer leaders have alleged that the four farmers died after being hit by a car driven by minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, while protests against the UP deputy CM’s visit continued.

However, Ajay Mishra has denied the claims that either he or his son was present at the time of the incident.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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