Sidhu starts fast in Lakhimpur Kheri, seeks arrest of Union minister's son
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday began a fast in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri, declaring that he will continue it till Union minister Ajay Mishra's son is not arrested. Sidhu on Friday met the kin of the farmers killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, a day after he was detained along with Punjab Congress leaders in Saharanpur.
Sidhu, who met the family of 28-year-old journalist Raman Kashyap, one of the eight people killed in the violence, proceeded on a fast and could be seen lying on a cot at the scribe's house in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Sources said Sidhu is also observing a ''maun vrat'' (silent fast).
Sidhu had earlier demanded the arrest of the ministor's son, saying he would go on hunger strike if action is not taken against him by Friday.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Sidhu while tagging photos of his meeting with one of the families, said, ''Justice delayed-justice denied.'' During his meeting, Sidhu consoled family members of Lovepreet Singh.
Sidhu later said, ''What has happened is a barbaric crime. Entire India is asking for justice. Loss of human life can never be compensated.'' Lovepreet's father said he wants justice, said Sidhu.
''There is evidence, video evidence is there. There is name in the FIR, witness account is there. But the arrest is not being made because he (Ashish) is a Union minister's son,'' said Sidhu.
There cannot be two yardsticks for justice, he said.
While assuring the victim families of every possible help, Punjab minister Singla said justice must be ensured and they would keep putting pressure on the Centre to immediately sack Ajay Mishra and arrest his son.
Singla said farmers are the backbone of the country ''and their murder in broad daylight was heart wrenching and extremely distressing''.
Similarly, there was a video footage of the Union minister allegedly threatening farmers and even inciting violence against them, she alleged.
''It is wrong to keep him in the Union cabinet and the central government should take immediate action against him,'' she added.
SGPC president Jagir Kaur handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to each of the victim families besides assuring them that they will look after educational needs of next of the kin of the victims.
Four of the eight people who died on Sunday were farmers, allegedly knocked down by vehicles carrying BJP workers. Angry farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles.
The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver.
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