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Compensate all people injured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, demand farmer leaders

Farmers and their supporters sitting at their dharna site at Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border on November 13, 2021. Photo: SKM

New Delhi, Nov 13 (MNN) Leaders of farmers protesting against the three farm laws for the last 352 days on Saturday reiterated their demand for compensation to all persons injured during the mowing down of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3.

“Compensation should be paid immediately not just to the five injured identified by Uttar Pradesh administration but seven others also. Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra should be sacked and arrested without further delay and that the investigation be supervised directly by the Supreme Court,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders said.

The state government in its submission before the Supreme Court had identified the injured as Luv Kush, Ashish Pandey, Krishna Maurya, farmer leader Tajinder Singh Virk, and Surjeet Channi.

However, those injured on that fateful day also included Harpal Singh Cheema, Hardeep Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Gurnam Singh, Prabhjit Singh, Shamsher Singh, and Harvinder Singh, the SKM leaders added.

“More than 40 days after the dastardly incident, these names have not been listed in the official records as injured farmers, and no one has received any compensation so far. The SKM demands that all the injured be paid the promised compensation by the UP government immediately.”

The Morcha also claimed that the state government had transferred more officials, even though the move will have implications for the ongoing investigations into the Lakhimpur violence cases.

Meanwhile, a ‘Nyay Mahapanchayat will be held in Puranpur in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

The SKM’s Haryana unit will organise an 11-day march from Ambala to Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi from November 24 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sir Chhotu Ram.

Representatives of 32 Punjab farm unions will meet Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on November 17 in Chandigarh and voice their demands for adequate and timely supply of DAP, paddy procurement, arrest of Akali leaders involved in Ferozepur incident, and early and prompt payment of compensation and provision of jobs to kin of farmers who died during the ongoing agitation.

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