The Fact News Service
New Delhi, October 10
Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri farmer killings even as she called for the immediate dismissal of union minister for state of Home Affairs Ajay Misra.
Harsimrat Badal was interacting with the media following the visit of a high-level delegation of party leaders to Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday. She was accompanied by the committee members including Balwinder Singh Bhundur and Bikram Singh Majithia.
The former union minister said the victim families of farmers, who had been crushed to death by the union minister’s son Ashish Misra, did not have any hope for justice from the Uttar Pradesh government. ‘It is clear that justice cannot be done in the case till the union minister of state for Home is not dismissed. I fail to understand why he has not been dismissed till now. In fact, a case should have been registered against Ajay Misra on September 25 when he incited people to commit violence against peacefully protesting farmers”. She said Ajay Misra had compounded his crime after his son crushed four farmers and a journalist under his vehicle by stating that the vehicle was being stone pelted and that the driver lost control. “This version has also been discredited now following live videos of the entire incident. Ajay Misra should be booked under section 120 (b) for inciting the violence and trying to divert the investigation. The central government must follow the edict of winning the ‘vishwas’ of everyone, particularly the victim families”.
Badal also asserted that the entire case should be transferred to a non-BJP State because the Uttar Pradesh police was not in a position to take action against the union minister of state. She also condemned the five-day delay in taking action against the minister’s son saying even this had been done only after the intervention of the supreme court.
Meanwhile while recollecting her visit to the homes of the victims, including that to the residence of the slain journalist Raman Kashyap, Badal said “I was struck by the injustice being done to the hapless victims. They told me they don’t want money or jobs but closure to the tragedy which had struck them by awarding exemplary punishment to the perpetrators”. The former minister said witnessing the tragedy which had struck the farmer families and that of the journalist was gut-wrenching. “Eighteen-year-old Lovepreet, who was the only son of his parents who own three acres of land, was sent by his mother to participate in the ‘langar-Sewa. Another deceased Nashattar was the sole bread earner whose son is serving in the border security force. Journalist Raman Kashyap’s young children cannot even comprehend where their father is”.
Asserting that no government could be so insensitive towards farmers and try to browbeat them into submission as was being done even now with the victim families, Badal said “the only sin of the farmers is that they want the repeal of the three black laws. For this, they have to face threats of being thrashed with sticks as was done by Haryana chief minister ML Khattar recently and threat of open violence by Ajay Misra who was enraged as to why the farmers were protesting for their rights”.
Other committee members, including Bikram Majithia, highlighted how the Uttar Pradesh police had failed to do its duty and allowed three vehicles belonging to the union minister to pierce through the throng of farmers who were returning back after conducting a peaceful protest against the three farm laws. They also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dismiss Ajay Misra immediately.