Police have not yet released details of how journalist Raman Kashyap is Lakhimpur Kerry died violently Sunday. The family claims that despite their complaint, the FIR was not registered and a copy of his autopsy report was not available.
However, looking at the markings on Kashyap’s body, they believe that Ashish, the son of Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra, was one of those who came under the wheel when vehicles were paraded and engaged in a struggle in Dikunia. Police have identified four of the eight people killed as crushed farmers under the vehicle. Kashyap, 35, statistics among others.
Kashyap’s brother Pawan, 32, says he was shocked that some “Pikau (sold)” channels tried to “distort” what happened. The viral video (car running over protesters) shows it all. My brother died after being crushed by SUVs. There were car wheel marks on his body. You can clearly see how it happened. There is no doubt as to how he died. That’s because he was crushed by the minister’s son’s cars, ”he says.
“Our story was the same from the beginning,” Pawan adds. “Some channels have edited and distorted our reports.”
Their father, Ram Dulare Kashyap, a farmer, lodged a written complaint with the Nikasan police on Monday, claiming that Kashyap was killed and that he too was “shot” as the car attached to Ashish went over him. According to eyewitnesses, the journalist was shot while hiding in the car. Gunshots are also heard in the scenes, ”the complaint said.
Regarding why the FIR was not registered, Nikushan SHO Ram Lakhan said the complaint was forwarded to the Dikunia police station. “Further action and investigation will be done there.”
Ram Tulare, who has two other children, says there were signs of Kashyap being dragged under tires on his body. Some stones are also stuck in his body. He said they have always supported farmers. We have been supported by the farmers from the beginning and we have been supporting them as farmers too. My son was first a farmer, then a journalist.
Aside from her father and younger siblings, Kashyap, along with his wife Aradhana, 32, and two children, 11 and 3., refused to meet with reporters on Wednesday evening, whose cameras are more reminiscent of her husband.
Pawan said Kashyap had gone to the spot on Sunday to cover up the farmers’ protest and was worried when his phone was constantly ‘switched off’ after the violence. The next morning, local police called and said an unidentified body had been found. We went and found Raman’s body.
On Wednesday, the local STM family handed over a check of Rs 45 lakh on behalf of the government. Pawan says they also demanded a job for Kashyap’s wife to raise the children.
Looking for a law to protect journalists, “as my brother wished,” says Pawan, “above all,” we hope the government will ensure justice, and see if the minister and his son are dealt with. Whoever it is. “
Neighbor and Kashyap’s friend Umesh Pandey said that as a child, Kashyap wanted to do something for the community, which is what attracted him to the journalism department after working as a private school teacher. The 35-year-old joined Sadhana TV five months ago as a reporter for the Nixon constituency of Lakhimpur Carey. “He mostly made up stories about social issues,” Pandey says.
Pawan adds: “My brother always showed the truth about the society through his statement. He was always on the side of the truth. Even at home, he was like that.