Let CBI Probe Lakhimpur Kheri Violence, UP Lawyers Write To Chief Justice

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UP Violence: Eight persons, four of them farmers, died in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP, on Sunday.

Lucknow: The events at Lakhimpur Kheri, where farmers were allegedly mowed down by a car driven by the son of a Union minister, should be investigated by the CBI under the supervision of the Supreme Court, lawyers have written to the Chief Justice of India.

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  1. The events at Lakhimpur Kheri, where farmers were allegedly mowed down by a car driven by the son of a Union minister, should be investigated by the CBI under the supervision of the Supreme Court, two lawyers lawyers have written to the Chief Justice of India.

  2. In a petition, they asked Chief Justice NV Ramana to direct the Home Ministry to ensure the filing of a First Information Report and punishment for ministers involved in Sunday's incident.

  3. The families of three farmers who died, cremated the bodies after hours of negotiation between farmer leader Rakesh Tikait and the state police. The body of a fourth farmer, who  allegedly died of a gunshot wound, is likely to be sent for a second postmortem, which farmer leaders insist should be done at a Delhi hospital.

  4. Reports suggest the postmortem report of all eight bodies said the deaths were caused by injuries, shock and brain haemorrhage.

  5. Internet, shut off in the area since Sunday, was restored this evening.

  6. Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police yesterday while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, tweeted: "So much for the government's claims that the families of the deceased farmers are satisfied with the action they have taken so far".

  7. Ms Gandhi Vadra and party colleague Deepender Singh Hooda, are still in custody and alleged that they are being held illegally.A case has been filed against her, Deepender Hooda and Ajay Kumar Lallu in Sitapur under sections related to preventive detention due to apprehension of breach of peace.

  8. Union minister Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish Mishra – who has been accused of murder -- have denied that they were at the spot on Sunday. Both said they were attending a function with Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya.

  9. A video that apparently captured the moment the SUV drove into the crowd of protesters and crushed many of them, is being circulated in social media. Besides many opposition leaders, it was also tweeted by BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who said it "shakes the soul".  

  10. Even today, the state police blocked opposition leaders visiting the Ground Zero of Sunday's violence in which four others died. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was not allowed to step out of the Lucknow airport.



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