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‘Dragging Your Feet’: SC Raps UP Govt Over Lakhimpur Violence Case, Adjourns Matter Till October 26

Supreme Court was hearing a PIL concerning the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which 8 persons, including 4 farmers, were killed during a farmers' protest on October 3.

Lakhimpur Kheri: A vehicle set ablaze after violence broke out after farmers agitating were allegedly run over by a vehicle in the convoy of a union minister, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court adjourned the matter of Lakhimpur Kheri Violence for October 26 as Uttar Pradesh government sought further time to record statements of other witnesses.

The Yogi Adityanath government faced tough questions from the Supreme Court on the killing of farmers during a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. The UP government submitted a sealed affidavit and informed the apex court that it has arrested 10 accused in connection with the incident.

The Supreme Court had asked the state government for a status report on who all have been arrested and for what crime.

The Supreme Court urged the state government to dispel the impression that it is “dragging its feet” in the investigation.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli made this observation based on the fact that only four witness accounts have so far been recorded in the case, the Live Law reported.

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Ten people, including Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

The top court was hearing the matter after two lawyers had written a letter to the CJI seeking a high-level judicial inquiry, also involving the CBI, into the incident.

Four farmers were mowed down by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s three new farm laws was holding a demonstration against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on October 3.

Two BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death allegedly by the angry protesters, while a local journalist was also killed in the violence.

(With PTI inputs)