The killing of 2 BJP employees in Lakhimpur Kheri – after 4 farmers have been run over via a convoy that incorporated a SUV owned via Union Minister Ajay Mishra – is a “reaction to an action”, and “hum galat nahi mante hain (would not call it wrong)”, chief Rakesh Tikait stated Saturday.
“The killing of two BJP workers in Lakhimpur Kheri after a convoy of cars ran over four farmers is a reaction to an action. I do not consider those involved in the killings as guilty (of a crime),” Tikait instructed journalists at a press convention – attended via different farmer union leaders – in Delhi.
Tikait’s surprising and incendiary remark got here because the farmers laid out plans for what they wired can be a chain of peaceful protests against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
On Thursday Tikait demanded the “immediate arrest (of the) culprits of the Lakhimpur massacre“.
This was once an afternoon after he described those that ran over farmers as “cold-hearted people”, tweeting, “Those who crushed people to death cannot be men… they are ‘cold-hearted’ people.”
Tikait gave the UP govt a week’s notice to arrest Ashish Mishra, who’s Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son and has been named as a homicide accused within the FIR within the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
He skipped a primary summons the day before today mentioning ill-health.
The truth he has been referred to as underneath Segment 160 of the CrPC (as a witness) reasonably than underneath Segment 41 (as an accused or suspect) has raised eyebrows, specifically after the Ideally suited Court docket the day before today questioned authorities over their handling of the case.
Farmer unions have stated they’re going to march on Lakhimpur on Tuesday, and deliberate to carry a ‘rail roko’ on October 18 and a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on October 26.
They have got additionally demanded Ajay Mishra’s sacking and the arrest of Ashish Mishra.
8 other folks, together with 4 farmers, died Sunday after a SUV owned via Ajay Mishra rammed into a gaggle of farmers maintaining a calm protest at Lakhimpur Kheri.
The farmers have alleged Ashish Mishra was once within the SUV.
Each Ashish and his father have denied all fees. Mr Mishra admitted to NDTV that the automobile belonged to his circle of relatives however stated neither he nor his son have been in it when the incident happened.