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Lakhimpuri Kheri Victims’ Families Unhappy With BJP

The blood that was spilled in Tikunia village on October 3, three years ago, a little distance away from the Kaudiyala Sahib gurdwara, where four protesting farmers and a local journalist were killed when a vehicle owned by Minister of State for Home Affairs of India Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ – and allegedly driven by his son Ashish – run through them. Ajay Teni, who is fighting the Lakhimpur Kheri Lok Sabha constituency, was seen casting his vote today.

Since October 3, 2021, Paramjeet Kaur (35) has been grieving for her late husband, Daljeet Singh, who was among the five individuals killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Each day, she finds herself in tears, unable to shake off the pain of her loss. The tragic event unfolded as farmers were concluding their protest against Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit amidst the now-repealed farm laws.

The vehicle involved in the fatal incident allegedly belonged to Ashish Mishra, son of BJP MP and Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni. Despite the passage of time, the families of the victims are still grappling with the trauma while the main accused, Ashish Mishra, is out on bail. In quick retaliation, three members of the convoy – two BJP workers and a driver were killed by the villagers.

Adding insult to injury, Ajay Mishra Teni has been renominated by the BJP from the Lakhimpur Kheri Lok Sabha constituency, prompting criticism from the victims’ families. Daljeet Singh’s brother, Jagjit Singh (45), expressed shame at the decision, highlighting the disparity in treatment between politicians and ordinary citizens.

The slow progress of the legal case and concerns about the safety of the victims’ families persist. Jagjit Singh revealed that locals had sighted Ashish Mishra in the area despite bail conditions prohibiting him from being in Uttar Pradesh except for trial purposes.

Dr. Jagdeep Singh (32) from Dhaurara in Lakhimpur Kheri faced a drastic change in his life when his father, Nachhatar Singh (58), was killed during the protest. Jagdeep left his medical practice in Kanpur to take care of the family’s farming responsibilities. He lamented the loss of his father’s presence, noting the challenges his absence posed to the family.

The families of the victims continue to seek justice and express dissatisfaction with the political climate in the region. Sukhvinder Singh (50), father of Gurwinder Singh, one of the victims, questioned the BJP’s nomination of Ajay Mishra Teni, given the circumstances of the incident. He also criticized the lack of progress in the case and the political influence in the district.

Pawan Kashyap, brother of Raman Kashyap, a journalist who was killed while covering the protest at Tikunia road, has revealed some important details about the BJP MP, Pawan Kashyap. He mentioned that their campaign cars are empty because people don’t want to sit in them due to anger and resentment towards the BJP MP. Pawan also talked about Ajay Mishra Teni’s affidavit filed during nominations. Initially, Teni stated in the affidavit that he doesn’t own a car and has no legal cases against him. However, this information was leaked, and Teni had to file another affidavit admitting that he owns a Thar. Additionally, Pawan pointed out that contrary to Teni’s claims, there are six cases against him.

The victims’ families have faced numerous challenges in their pursuit of justice, including delays in legal proceedings and bureaucratic hurdles. Despite these obstacles, they remain resilient in their quest for accountability and closure.

 

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