The investigation team probing Lakhimpur Kheri violence said the incident was as per a ‘pre-planned conspiracy’ that led to the death of five people and left several injured.
Earlier on November 17, in an unprecedented manner that jeopardised the calculations of State BJP government in Uttar Pradesh the Supreme Court independently appointed Rakesh Kumar Jain, former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case to ensure transparency, fairness, and absolute impartiality.
Also Supreme court had reconstituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and named three senior IPS officers, SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan in it.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also alleged that the Union minister was being shielded.
The SIT report also led to the BKU claiming that its stand was vindicated. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Tuesday demanded that Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ be sacked and arrested over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
The BKU, which is a part of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) that spearheaded the anti-farm laws campaign against the Centre, said the farmers’ struggle would continue till the minister’s arrest.
The demand came after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the October 2 violence urged a Lakhimpur Kheri court to replace lesser charges in the case like causing death by negligence with attempt to murder, saying it was a “pre-planned conspiracy causing death”.
The violence, in which the minister’s son, Ashish Mishra, along with some others, is accused, had resulted in the killing of eight people, including four farmers and a couple of local BJP workers.
“A new fact, in fact a truth has emerged today after the SIT probe into the Tikonia violence episode, which is the minister’s son, Ashish Mishra, and his associates had conspired the killing of farmers. The farmers were mowed down under a vehicle as per a conspiracy,” BKU spokesperson Dharmendra Malik said.
“We have been saying this from day one that the minister and his son are involved in this episode,” he said.