SIT Submits 5,000-Page Chargesheet to Court in Lakhimpur Kheri Violence

A 5,000 page chargesheet by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Uttar Pradesh police investigating the October 3 violence at Lakhimpur Kheri was submitted to a local court on Monday,  NDTVreported.

Eight people were killed during the violence, including four farmers and a journalist, who were allegedly mowed down by a car being driven by Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Kumar Misha’s son Ashish. The other victims killed in the scuffle were two BJP workers.

On Monday morning, chargesheet filed against Ashish, arrived at the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Lakhimpur town in a locked trunk.

The UP Police filed an FIR naming Ashish Mishra among the others as murder accused the next day, but only after supreme court’s intervention, the Minister’s son was arrested.

“We do not feel a proper investigation has been done,” Mohammad Amaan, the lawyer representing the farmers was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Amaan also noted that Union minister Ajay Mishra had also been named in the complaint, yet there was no mention of him or the SUV registered in his name (which was allegedly used in the incident) in the SIT report. “We are not satisfied with the investigation,” he added.

The SIT in December last year had told the court that the Lakhimpur Kheri incident was not born out of “negligence or callousness” but was instead a “planned conspiracy”.

The investigating team subsequently wrote the court saying that charges of attempted murder should be noted and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons should be added against the thirteen accused.

After the incident, both the Centre and the UP government have faced criticism both from opposition parties and civil societies. There were also several disruptions and adjournments in Lok Sabha over opposition protests demanding the issue be discussed and Ajay Mishra be sacked.

Once the charges are accepted by the court, a date will be assigned for the trial into the matter to begin.

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