Violence in Lakhimpur: Second FIR says protesters attacked BJP workers, no mention of killing of farmers
The second FIR deposited on the Violence in Lakhimpur Kheri claims “bad elements” among agricultural rights protesters attacked BJP workers who were in an SUV, but make no reference to mowing farmers or the presence of Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son , Ashish, in the car.
The FIR was filed on October 4 at the Tikonia police station for the alleged lynching of BJP workers while the the other mentions the name of Ashish Mishra, who was reportedly in one of the cars that ran over four farmers.
The second FIR only mentions one “unidentified rioter”, who was charged with IPC sections 302 (murder), 324 (causing injury by weapons or dangerous means) among others.
It was filed on the basis of a complaint from a certain Sumit Jaiswal, who claimed to have been among the BJP workers who would welcome Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya for an event of wrestling where he was the main guest.
The wrestling event was held in Banwirpur, the home village of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, whose son Ashish, alias Monu, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the death of four farmers.
A total of eight people died in violence during the protest in the district’s Tikonia neighborhood on October 3.
The dead included two BJP employees, the driver of the SUV and a journalist. According to Jaiswal, journalist Raman Kashyap, car driver Hari Om and BJP workers Shubham Mishra and Shyam Sunder were lynched by protesters. However, the journalist’s parents claimed he was among those hit by a vehicle.
“The plaintiff and the BJP workers were going to the Kale Sharan chowk and were in the Mahindra Thar (UP 31 AS 1000). Driver Hari Om, who was driving the vehicle, and my friend namely Shubham Mishra, were going to greet the guest of honor, ”said the FIR, seen by PTI. “The bad elements of the farmers’ protest attacked the vehicle with bamboo sticks, bricks and stones due to which the driver Hari Om was injured and stopped the car on the side of the road,” Jaiswal said. .
“After that, said protesters who took Hari Om out of the car and started fighting with bamboo sticks and a sword. We were pelted with stones and tried to run away from there and during that said people grabbed my friend Shubham Mishra and started beating him, ”Jaiswal said.
He claimed he had managed to escape from the area, otherwise he too “would have been killed”.
He claimed he later learned through social media that Hari Om and Shubham Mishra were killed while “two other unidentified workers” of the BJP also died, according to FIR.
According to a submission made to the Supreme Court by the UP government, he formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for an impartial and transparent investigation into the two FIRs.
So far, three defendants of the first FIR, including the son of Union Minister Ashish Mishra, have been arrested, officials said.