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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Highlights: UP Police arrests two after questioning; Union Minister’s son asked to appear at 10 am tomorrow

UP Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live, Farmers Protest in Lakhimpur Kheri Live News: On October 3, the convoy of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra's son allegedly ran over protesting farmers, killing four. Four more people were reported dead in the violence that followed.

By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi |
Updated: October 8, 2021 9:51:18 am
Four farmers were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri, while four others died in subsequent clashes. (File Photo/PTI)

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Latest Update Live: Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday arrested two people after questioning them in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish, has also been asked to appear before the police at 10 am on Friday. Talking to media, Lucknow IG Laxmi Singh said, “We have summoned him (Ashish Mishra) for questioning. We will record his statement, on the basis of which we will collect evidence.”

On October 3, the convoy of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra’s son allegedly ran over protesting farmers, killing four. Four more people were reported dead in the violence that followed. The Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report regarding the accused in the Lakhimpur violence case and whether any action had been taken against them. “We need to know who are the accused against whom you have registered FIR & whether you have arrested them or not,” the court said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu and a few other Congress leaders, who were part of a vehicle march to Lakhimpur Kheri, have been detained at Shahjahanpur police picket after their convoy was stopped at Haryana-UP border. Before leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri, Sidhu said, “If the accused (in the case) is not arrested or does not join the investigation, I will sit on hunger strike, wherever I am.”

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Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri Violence Live Updates: 8 dead including 4 farmers; murder FIR against Ashish Mishra, son of MoS Ajay Mishra; Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi meet victims' families in Lakhimpur Kheri

21:08 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Lakhimpur Kheri violence: UP Police arrests two after questioning

Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday arrested two people after questioning them in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish, has also been asked to appear before the police at 10 am on Friday.

20:15 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Cong submits memorandum to UP governor demanding arrest of accused in Lakhimpur violence

A group of Congress workers led by the party's Uttar Pradesh unit president Ajay Kumar Lallu staged a protest outside the Raj Bhawan here on Thursday, raising slogans against the state government over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed.

A party spokesperson said their request for an appoint with Governor Anandiben Patel to hand over a memorandum was initially not acceded to, prompting the workers to stage the demonstration. Later, a five-member delegation which included Lallu, MLA Aradhana Mishra and MLC Deepak Singh was allowed to meet the Governor for handing over the memorandum, Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi said. --PTI

19:26 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Rajasthan Congress holds protest over Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Rajasthan Congress workers led by state unit president Govind Singh Dotasra on Thursday held a demonstration in Bharatpur district against central and Uttar Pradesh governments over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Earlier, Congress workers planned to march to Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri to protest the detention of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra but dropped the idea after she was released.

"The march from Uncha Nangla to Lakhimpur Kheri was planned because Priyanka Gandhi was under detention. Now she has been released and she has met the families (of those killed in the violence) there so we dropped the plan to march to Lakhimpur Kheri," Dotasra told PTI. --PTI

18:55 (IST)07 Oct 2021
'BJP leaders, their sons have started feeling that farmers should be crushed by vehicles..'

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the BJP leaders and their sons "have started to feel that farmers should be crushed by vehicles to deal with the agrarian movement".

17:47 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Haryana: Farmer injured in Ambala, protesters say hit by BJP MP’s convoy

A farmer was injured after allegedly being hit by a car that was part of the cavalcade of BJP’s Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini at Naraingarh in Ambala district of Haryana on Thursday.

The incident took place when the farmers had gathered at Naraingarh after receiving information regarding the arrival of Saini and Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh. The farmers were protesting against the three contentious farm laws.

Saini, meanwhile, has claimed that no person was injured after being hit by his cavalcade, alleging that the protesters attacked his car. Read more

17:43 (IST)07 Oct 2021
With SC intervening in Lakhimpur violence case, there is hope for justice: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati said on Thursday that there is hope for justice in the Lakhimpur violence case as the Supreme Court has intervened in the matter and sought a status report from the Uttar Pradesh government. She said a delegation of the BSP led by party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP SC Mishra will be meeting the families of the farmers killed in the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.

"The hearing started by the Supreme Court in the Lakhimpur incident gave hope to the people for relief and proper justice, as the attitude of the BJP government in this matter appeared mostly biased," Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi. Her remarks came a few hours after the Supreme Court on Thursday sought a status report by Friday from the Uttar Pradesh government on the accused named by the police in the FIR and whether they have been arrested. --PTI

17:10 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Union minister’s son Ashish Mishra summoned for questioning, say police

Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday said Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish, has been summoned for questioning in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. Talking to media, Lucknow IG Laxmi Singh said, “We have summoned him (Ashish Mishra) for questioning. We will record his statement, on the basis of which we will collect evidence.” Two other people are also being quizzed, she added.

Ashish Mishra (File Photo/ANI)
16:37 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Dharna outside Manpreet Singh Badal's residence enters Day 3

Dharna outside the residence of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal entered Day 3 on Thursday.

16:24 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Vehicle march stopped, Sidhu detained at Shahjahanpur police picket

Navjot Singh Sidhu, along with other Congress leaders, who were part of a vehicle march to Lakhimpur Kheri, have been detained at Shahjahanpur police picket after their convoy was stopped at the Haryana-UP border. They are now sitting on a dharna at the site. 

15:54 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s convoy stopped at Haryana-UP border

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s convoy en route to Lakhimpur Kheri was stopped at Haryana-UP border on Thursday. He was leading a vehicular march to the district to protest against the violence that took place last Sunday. Before leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri, Sidhu said, “If the accused (in the case) is not arrested or does not join the investigation, I will sit on hunger strike, wherever I am.”

14:12 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Hours after condemning Lakhimpur violence, Varun Gandhi dropped from BJP National Executive

Hours after BJP MP Varun Gandhi condemned the incident in Lakhimpur Kheri, in which a Union Minister’s convoy ran over and killed four protesting farmershe was removed from the BJP National Executive. Gandhi on Thursday called for “accountability for the innocent blood of farmers” as he posted a purported video of the incident. When BJP president J P Nadda announced the 80-member National Executive of the party later in the day, Gandhi’s name was absent. The National Executive comprises the party’s top leaders, who meet to discuss key issues facing the government and shapes the organisation’s agenda. Read More

13:52 (IST)07 Oct 2021
‘We have to make peace with what the doctors said… but goli toh lagi thi’

“Hum kya karte (What could we have done)?” says the father of Gurvinder Singh, having just cremated the 18-year-old, after a second post-mortem concluded he had died after coming under the wheels of one of the cars that ploughed into protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. “Whatever the doctors have said, we have to make peace with it, because we are not doctors. But goli toh lagi thi (he had definitely been shot),” Sukhvinder Singh adds.

The 48-year-old, who owns around 4 bighas of farm land in Mohraniya Navipur village in Bahraich, says: “We saw the body and it was clear he had a gunshot injury. He had an exit wound on the back of his head and entry wound on the right side of his forehead. But the second post-mortem report also says he didn’t suffer a gunshot injury, and death was accidental. How can we believe that when all the eyewitnesses are saying he was shot by someone called Monu (Union Minister of StateB for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish)? Not one, but all of them.” (Read Asad Rehman's report)

13:21 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Retired judge gets two months to complete Lakhimpur Kheri probe

Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday appointed Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, a retired Allahabad High Court judge, to investigate the death of eight persons in Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday. In a notification issued by the state home department, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that the one-man commission has to complete the enquiry within two months from the date of the issue of the notification. Read More

13:19 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Sitting SC or HC judge should probe Lakhimpur Kheri violence, not retired judge: Priyanka

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or a high court into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and said Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son is among those booked, should resign to ensure an impartial probe.

Priyanka Gandhi, who had on Wednesday met the families of three of the eight people killed in the violence, told reporters here, "In my view and that of the victims' families as well, the case should be probed by a sitting Supreme Court or high court judge, and not the retired judge." The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a one-member commission of retired high court judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava to probe the violence during a farmers' protest rally that claimed eight lives on Sunday. Before leaving for Bahraich, Priyanka Gandhi said, "I don't want to comment on the probe as it has not started yet. But I can say that for unbiased probe, the minister should resign as he has the Home portfolio and all this comes under him." (PTI)

13:18 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Will go for hunger strike if accused are not arrested by tomorrow: Sidhu

Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu threatened to go on a hunger strike from tomorrow if the accused in the Lakhimpur case are not arrested. “If the accused is not arrested or does not join the investigation, I will sit on hunger strike, wherever I am,” he added. He is leading a march to protest against the incident on Thursday.

12:40 (IST)07 Oct 2021
SC asks UP govt to file status report on accused, those arrested

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report regarding the accused in the Lakhimpur violence case and whether any action had been taken against them. “We need to know who are the accused against whom you have registered FIR & whether you have arrested them or not,” the court said.

12:30 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Accused not yet arrested as they are associated with BJP: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son has not yet been arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case even though evidence pointed to his role in the incident.

"As fingers are raised towards MoS (Ajay Mishra) in the BJP government, the accused in Lakhimpur case are not yet sent to jail," Yadav, who is visiting Lakhimpur to meet the aggrieved families, told reporters here outside his residence. "Those named in the FIR should go to jail. Government should take immediate action and the matter should be probed by a sitting judge of the High Court. There are videos clips, statements of eyewitnesses, the statement (of minister) in which he is threatening. As he (accused Ashish Mishra) is the son of the MoS, action has note been taken yet," he said. "Do you think farmers can get justice till he (father of accused) is MoS?" he asked. (PTI)

11:56 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Communication problem, did not take up case suo motu, clarifies SC

The Supreme Court, on Monday, clarified that it did not take up the Lakhimpur violence case suo motu as a plea was registered by two lawyers — Shiv Kumar Tripathi and C S Panda. "I think there is a communication problem", CJI N V Ramana said.

11:42 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Watch: Priyanka Gandhi addresses media over Lakhimpur incident
11:14 (IST)07 Oct 2021
‘Affected families will get justice’: Union Minister on panel probing deaths

Following the constitution of a one-member commission to probe the violence and deaths at Lakhimpur Kheri, Union minister Kaushal Kishore said on Monday: “The affected families will certainly get justice. The government has ordered an investigation into the case. The families have also accepted the financial assistance provided to them by the government.”

Lakhimpur Kheri Case | Lakhimpur Kheri incident Lakhimpur Kheri Live Updates: It’s on this stretch of road that three vehicles, including one owned by the minister, hit protesting farmers on Sunday, killing four of them. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or a high court into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and said Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son is among those booked, should resign to ensure an impartial probe.

It also clarified that it did not take up the Lakhimpur violence case suo motu as a plea was registered by two lawyers — Shiv Kumar Tripathi and C S Panda. "I think there is a communication problem," CJI N V Ramana said.

The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a one-member commission to probe the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which eight people were killed last Sunday, a senior official has informed.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence Incident Live News:

On Sunday, four farmers were among eight persons killed in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri after a convoy of three SUVs, including one owned by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, hit a group of farmer protesters leading to a clash. Farm leaders, local residents and sources in the Uttar Pradesh Police told The Indian Express this was a "flare-up" waiting to happen after days of tension sparked by "provocative" gestures and remarks by Mishra aimed at protesting farmers.

The mortal remains of three farmers was cremated at their native places on Tuesday, while the family of the fourth one demanded a second post-mortem. The families of Lavpreet Singh (19), Nachattar Singh (65) and Daljeet Singh (42) agreed to the cremation after hours of negotiations involving police officials and farm leader Rakesh Tikait. But the family of Gurvinder Singh (22) of Matera tehsil refused to cremate him till a second autopsy is done as they alleged he was shot dead.

Also read: How deal between farmers, police was reached, keeping Tikait in front

Priyanka Gandhi arrested while trying to go to Lakhimpur Kheri

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 10 others were arrested on Tuesday. The Sitapur police said it was to "prevent the commission of cognizable offences". Other than Priyanka, those arrested included Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda, UP Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party MLC Deepak Singh. The arrests were made under Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the CrPC.

Vadra said she had received “no further communication regarding the circumstances or the reasons”, neither had the UP Police or administration informed her of “the Sections under which I have been charged” or shown her the FIR till 6:30 pm Tuesday.

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