Navjot Sidhu on Friday sat on a hunger strike at slain journalist Ratan Kashyap’s residence in Lakhimpur Kheri after meeting families of the farmers who were mowed down allegedly by Ashish.
- The Punjab Congress chief on Friday met the families of the deceased farmers
- Ashish is accused of running down farmers during violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri
- 8 people, including four farmers, were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri violence
New Delhi: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday called off his hunger protest, after the son of MoS Home Ajay Mishra, Ashish, appeared before SIT in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
Sidhu on Friday sat on a hunger strike at slain journalist Ratan Kashyap’s residence in the Nighasan area of Lakhimpur Kheri after meeting kin of the farmers who were mowed down allegedly by Ashish.
The Punjab Congress chief on Friday met the families of the farmers who lost their lives in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, a day after he was detained along with Punjab Congress leaders in Saharanpur.
Ashish, accused of running down farmers during violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri that claimed the lives of eight people, appeared before the probe team this morning for interrogation.
He was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that ran over four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit.
The farmers have claimed that the Union minister’s son was in one of the cars which they alleged knocked down some protesters who were opposing the deputy CM’s visit. However, the minister said that he and his son were not present at the spot and that he has photo and video evidence to prove it.
On October 3, eight people, including four farmers, were killed after a farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri district turned violent. Two SUVs were also set on fire by agitated farmers in the clash near Banbirpur.
The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the UP government, saying it is not satisfied with steps taken by it. It questioned the state government over not arresting accused against whom FIR has been lodged. “What is the message you are sending… Do you treat accused the same way in other murder cases in the country,” the apex court asked the Yogi Adityanath government.