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Lakhimpur Kheri: Day after SC rap, SIT urges eyewitnesses to come forward to record statements

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Lucknow: The special investigation team (SIT) probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in Uttar Pradesh released the contact numbers of its members in the media and urged eyewitnesses of the incident to come forward to record their statements.

The move comes a day after the Supreme Court rapped the UP government asking why there were just 23 eyewitnesses in the case when the rally has around 5,000 farmers in participation.

At least eight persons, including four farmers and a journalist, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3.

Urging eyewitnesses to contact its members to record their statements and provide digital evidence, the SIT has assured that the identity of such people will be kept confidential and they will also be provided security.

The main accused in the case is Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

The SC took suo motu cognizance of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and, during hearing, directed the UP government to provide adequate protection to all the witnesses in the case.

In an earlier hearing, it had pulled up the UP government for dragging its feet in the matter.

On Tuesday, the UP government told the court that statements of 30 out of 68 witnesses have been recorded and that there were 23 eyewitnesses in the case. To this, the court had asked why there were so few eyewitnesses despite the rally having hundreds of farmers. It also asked the government to expedite the recording to statements of witnesses in front of judicial magistrates.

 

 

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