Lakhimpur: Retired HC judge will probe violence, UP to give Rs 45 lakh to victims’ families

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday announced Rs 45 lakh compensation to families of farmers who were killed in violence unleashed by BJP men and Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra in Sunday in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

The state announced that a retired High Court judge will probe the incident.

The police had earlier filed an FIR against Ashish Mishra and several others in connection with the violence.

This comes after a countrywide protests of farmers and Opposition parties against the violence against farmers.

A vehicle belonging to Ashish Mishra had run over a group of protestors, killing four people. Mishra claimed that farmers threw stones at the vehicle, which led to the accident.

The police have prevented any Opposition leaders from visiting the district. Several leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav, Sanjay Singh and Priyanka Gandhi, were detained for attempting to meet the families of the farmers who died in the violence.

The internet has also been suspended in the district.

The Congress said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is on a hunger strike. “Government will have to bow to our demands,” the party tweets. “Voice for justice will be raised with more strength.”