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UP lawyers write to Chief Justice, seeking CBI inquiry in Lakhimpur Kheri case Lakhimpur Kheri

UP lawyers write to Chief Justice, seeking CBI inquiry in Lakhimpur Kheri case

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Oct 2021, 08:07 pm

Lakhimpur Kheri/IBNS: The lawyers from Uttar Pradesh have written to the Supreme Court seeking CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri, where allegedly farmers were mowed down by a car driven by the son of a Union minister, media reports said.

They wrote to Chief Justice NV Ramana to direct the Home Ministry to ensure the filing of a First Information Report and punishment for the alleged involvement of the minister's son in the incident.

According to an NDTV report, the family of 19-year-old Lovepreet Singh, who was allegedly hit by a vehicle on Sunday, said they won't cremate the bodies until they are provided the reports.

The demand prompted inspector general of police (Lucknow) Laxmi Singh to rush to Tikunia, said a Hindustan Times report.

He visited the home of Nachhatar Singh, one of the two farmers, to discuss the matter with his family members.

Local farmers have been gathering at their homes in support of their stance.

The death of the farmers sparked violence and arson in the area in which four more people died.

"My son was crushed under a car... They have not taken any action against the person responsible. The administration is trying to cover up," said Lovepreet's father Satnam Singh.

Postmortem has been conducted on all the eight bodies which concluded that all the deaths were caused by injuries, shock, and brain haemorrhage.

Later, an NDTV report said that the families of three farmers who died in the incident, cremated the bodies after hours of negotiation between farmer leader Rakesh Tikait and the state police.

The body of a fourth farmer, who was allegedly died of a bullet injury, is likely to be resent for a postmortem, which farmer leaders demanded should be conducted at a Delhi hospital.

A day after farmers reached an understanding with the government, and called a truce of sorts, agreeing to cremate the bodies, they have said the funerals will not take place till their demands were met.

Meanwhile, Union minister Ajay Mishra as well as his son Ashish Mishra, who has been accused of murder, have denied any role in the killings and said they were not at the spot on Sunday.

Both said they were attending a function with Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has blocked opposition leaders from visiting the Ground Zero of Sunday's violence.

Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested while she was trying to reach Lakhimpur Kheri.

"So much for the government's claims that the families of the deceased farmers are satisfied with the action they have taken so far," she tweeted.

Her party colleague Deepender Singh Hooda tweeted, "Those who ruthlessly crush the farmers roam free and we are in police custody for 36 hours. The farmer families are mourning and there are celebrations in Lucknow."

Both Priyanka Vadhra and Hooda have are in custody and alleged that they are being held illegally.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Varun Gandhi also share the video of the incident and termed said it "will shake anybody's soul".

He was among the politicians, mostly opposition leaders, who posted the video on social media expressing their outrage over the alleged killings of the farmers.