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Why just 23 eyewitnesses for Lakhimpur Kheri violence, Supreme Court asks UP govt

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court in Tuesday once again indicated its frustration with the proceedings in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The Apex Court asked the government why there were just 23 eyewitnesses when the rally had hundreds of farmers.

The UP government told the court that statements of 30 out of 68 witnesses have been recorded. The incident has 23 eyewitnesses, it said.

It has now directed the UP government to find more witnesses and expedite the recoding of statements in front of judicial magistrates.

The court also asked the government to provide protection to the witnesses.

Eight persons, including four farmers were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3 during a protest by the farmers in the district. A journalist was among those who were killed. An FIR naming Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, and a few others was registered in the case. So far, 13 persons have been arrested.

The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the matter and had directed the UP government to file a status report in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Later, it had pulled up the government for dragging its feet in the matter.

On Tuesday, while posting the matter for November 8, the Supreme Court also asked for  a separate status report on the death of four people, including the journalist.

 

 

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