The SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case on Tuesday arrested two people in connection with the lynching of BJP workers, according to a statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Eight people were killed in the October 3 violence and of them four were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Angry farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles.
The other dead included two BJP workers, their driver and a journalist. Gurvinder Singh and Vichitra Singh have been arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), the statement issued by the police's Crime Branch-Lakhimpur said, adding that the arrests pertain to a FIR registered in the case on a complaint by Sumit Jaiswal on October 4.
Jaiswal, a BJP ward member who has been arrested in the case, claimed that "bad elements" among farm law protesters attacked BJP workers. The FIR had no reference to the mowing down of farmers. In another FIR, registered on a complaint lodged by Bahraich-based Jagjit Singh, in the case, BJP leader and Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra has been named as accused besides 15 to 20 unidentified persons. This came after, farmers claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles that mowed down the four farmers.