The Chhattisgarh and Punjab governments have announced financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh each to the families of four farmers and a journalist killed in the violence in Lakhimpur Keri, Uttar Pradesh.
The chief ministers of the two Congress-ruled states, along with party chief Rahul Gandhi, have arrived in Lucknow, from where they will travel to Lakhimpur to meet the families of the victims.
Punjab Chief Minister Saranjit Singh Sunny said the Lakhimpur violence was reminiscent of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
He said the UPA government had “mocked” democracy.
He told reporters in Lucknow, “Our government will provide Rs 50 lakh each to the families of farmers and journalists killed in the Lucknow violence.
Echoing the same sentiments, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhubaneswar Bagel said his government would provide Rs 50 lakh to farmers and journalist families.
Four of the eight people killed in Sunday’s violence in Lakhimpur Kerry, U.P.
The other four include two BJP workers, the driver of Union Home Minister Ajay Kumar Misra and Raman Kashyap, who works for a private television channel.
Although the first three were said to have been beaten to death by insurgent peasants, the writer, according to his father, died in a vehicle collision while covering the struggle of the peasants against the arrival of KP Moriah at Ajay Misra’s native place.
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