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Lakhimpur Kheri: Congress leaders meet President Kovind, demand dismissal of MoS Ajay Mishra, judicial probe

In an try and maintain the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and killings politically alive, a high-level delegation of Congress leaders on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to dismiss Union Minister of State for Residence Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son Ashish Mishra was arrested, and to direct establishing of an unbiased judicial investigation by a fee comprising two sitting judges of the Supreme Courtroom of India or a excessive courtroom.

Senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Chief of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, A Okay Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra informed the President that the “unforgivable and cruel homicide of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri” has “scarred the soul of India”.

“This deliberate act of homicide, in broad daylight adopted by the audacious reactions of the State and Central Governments, has utterly eroded the folks’s religion in these tasked with bringing these perpetrators to justice,” they mentioned in a memorandum submitted to the President.

Referring to the persevering with protests by farmer teams on the outskirts of Delhi in opposition to the three contentious farm legal guidelines, the Congress leaders informed the President that “the Modi Authorities has refused to relent or have a significant dialog with them (the farmers). Their coverage seems to be to “tire & retire” the Anndatas, a technique doomed to failure.”

“On this context, you will need to notice that on September twenty seventh, 2021, the day of the Bharat Bandh referred to as by protesting farmers in opposition to the three black legal guidelines, Ajay Mishra Teni, MoS Residence Affairs, in a public operate brazenly threatened the agitating farmers and even boasted about his doubtful antecedents. The video of his speech has been performed on totally different public platforms and is obtainable within the public area. How can justice be accomplished when the unique provocation got here from Union MoS Residence Affairs himself?” the memorandum mentioned.

“Thereafter, on October third, as farmers carried out their peaceable protests, a cavalcade of autos (with two of the automobiles being owned by the Minister and his household) mowed down 4 farmers (and a journalist) from behind. It was probably the most ugly and premeditated acts of bone-chilling homicide ever seen and caught on digicam. A number of eyewitnesses have confirmed that the Minister’s son, Ashish Mishra was within the automobile.”

“As has turn into the norm, the Uttar Pradesh Authorities and Police flatly refused to lodge an FIR after which refused to arrest the accused….,” the memorandum mentioned.

The Congress leaders puzzled “which police official would dare to pretty examine the son of Union MoS Residence Affairs with the daddy occupying a place of such excessive affect and who enjoys continued endorsements from each the central and the state governments.”

“In these tough circumstances, we name upon you because the custodian of our Structure and the ethical compass to this Authorities to right away dismiss Union MOS Residence Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni and to direct an unbiased judicial investigation by a Fee comprising of two sitting judges of the Supreme Courtroom of India or the Excessive Courtroom,” it mentioned.

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