NEW DELHI: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Monday said that those involved in the death of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri should be booked for murder under section 302 of the IPC, asserting that protesting farmers should be shown restraint and Must be presented with patience.
In a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Gandhi also demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter in a time-bound manner and a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family members of the deceased farmers.
Eight people were killed in the violence during the farmers’ protest at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday, in which both farmers and BJP workers lost their lives.
Two SUVs were torched by angry farmers in the clash that took place near Banbirpur in Lakhimpur Kheri, the bloodiest incident of violence since last year’s protest against agricultural laws enacted at the Centre.
Describing the incident as heart-wrenching, Gandhi said that this has caused resentment and resentment among the people of the country.
Underlining that “the agitating farmer brothers are our own citizens”, the three-time BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh said that they are suffering because of some issues and protesting under their democratic rights.
“We should deal with them with great restraint and patience. In any case, we should treat our farmers with sensitivity and within the ambit of the law only in a Gandhian and democratic manner,” he said.
Gandhi urged Adityanath to immediately identify all the suspects involved in the incident and “take strict action by establishing a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC”.
He further said that it would be more appropriate to get this incident probed by the CBI in a time bound manner under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
Apart from this, a compensation of Rs 1 crore should also be given to the families of the victims, Gandhi said.
Varun Gandhi has been writing to Adityanath on farmers’ issues and demanding various relief measures for him.