Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), May 5
On Thursday, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait and representatives of 23 other farmers’ unions discussed with the administration the “unmet” demands of victims of last year’s violence here.
Eight people were killed in the October 3 violence. Of the eight killed, four were farmers, who were reportedly run over by vehicles driven by BJP workers traveling to greet Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya at an event in the area of Tikunia.
The other four were two BJP workers, a driver and a journalist.
Tikait and the other leaders, all members of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), also met the family members of the four farmers who are in jail in connection with the killing of the two BJP workers and the driver.
They called District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh and Superintendent of Police Sanjiv Suman and informed them of their demands.
Speaking to reporters after their meeting with district authorities, Tikait said the SKM delegation informed the administration of “unfulfilled” commitments which included compensation for the injured and service to an eligible member of the aggrieved families. .
The BKU leader was referring to the agreement between farmers and the administration of October 4 last year.
Tikait said officials assured them of prompt processing of requests.
On allegations by family members of the four jailed farmers that SKM leaders ignored them, Tikait said their anguish was real.
However, he added that the matter is before the courts and the SKM will explore all legal options and provide all assistance to the four farmers.
Tikait reiterated its demand for the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra over the violence.
He said the SKM would launch an agitation if necessary to press for the demands.
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