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Navjot Sidhu, Harsimrat Badal of Akali Dal meet families of farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri

By PTI

Chandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday held separate meetings with the families of farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Sidhu shared on Twitter pictures of his meeting with a family, saying, “Justice delayed – justice denied.”

Sidhu consoled the family members of Lovepreet Singh, one of the four farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Sunday.

He later said, “What happened is a barbaric crime. The whole of India is demanding justice. Loss of human life can never be compensated.”

He said that Lovepreet Singh’s father said that he wants justice.

The Congress leader said, “There is evidence, the video witness eats. But the arrest is not happening because he (Ashish Kumar Mishra) is the son of a Union minister.”

Sidhu and Badal also separately met the family members of 28-year-old journalist Raman Kashyap, who was among the eight killed in the violence that broke out during the farmers’ protests on Sunday.

Sidhu had earlier demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, saying he would go on a hunger strike if action was not taken against him by Friday.

Hours after he was detained at a police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur on Thursday, Sidhu was allowed to move towards Lakhimpur Kheri along with some Congress leaders from Punjab, including state ministers and MLAs.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has issued a fresh notice to Ashish Kumar Mishra, asking him to appear before him by 11 am on Saturday in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Leading a delegation of SAD leaders, Badal demanded the immediate dismissal of Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish, a statement issued by the party said.

Badal along with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Jagir Kaur, besides senior Akali leaders Balwinder Singh Bhundoor, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Bikram Singh Majithia, Manpreet Singh Ayali visited the residences of four farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Four of the eight people killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence were farmers, who were allegedly hit by vehicles carrying BJP workers.

Angry farmers allegedly thrashed two saffron party workers and their driver.

The farmers claimed that Ashish Mishra was in a vehicle, a charge denied by him and his father.

Badal said that it is condemnable that despite clear evidence, no action was taken by the Center or the Uttar Pradesh government in this heinous matter.

“Video footage of Ashish Mishra’s vehicle is available. There are eyewitnesses that Ashish Mishra fled the spot. He should be immediately arrested on the charge of murder,” the SAD statement quoted him as saying.

Badal also pointed out that there is video footage of the Union minister allegedly threatening farmers and inciting violence against them.

“It is wrong to keep him in the Union Cabinet and the Center should take immediate action against him,” he said.

According to the party statement, the SAD delegation visited the residence of Lovepreet Singh in Chaukhra village, Nachhatar Singh’s house in Namdar Purve, Daljit Singh’s residence in Wanjaran Tanda, Gurvinder Singh’s house in Moharnia and journalist Raman Kashyap’s residence in Nighasan village. .

Harsimrat Badal handed over a check of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the victims and assured them that the SGPC would meet the educational needs of the families of the victims.

There were emotional scenes in the homes of the victims’ families.

According to the Akali Dal statement, the bereaved family members said that they could never imagine that someone could bite innocent farmers returning home after peaceful protests.

He also said that the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to initiate serious action in the matter.

He said the perpetrators were local and had been identified but were not being arrested.

Badal tweeted after meeting Lovepreet Singh’s family, “The loss and pain they are experiencing is heartbreaking. Sharing their grief and assuring them of all possible help. We are in this fight.” are together.”

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