Over two weeks after the Lakhimpur Kheri killings, four persons, including BJP leader Sumit Jaiswal, were arrested on October 18, 2021, reported The Tribune.
Jaiswal’s arrest was among farmers’ major demands in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, along with arrest of all others accused and the dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra from his position as Minister of State for Home Affairs. Others arrested on Monday are Shishupal, Nandan Bisht and Satya Prakash Tripathi. All of them were inside the vehicles that allegedly ran over five people, including four farmers. However, another accused, Ankit Das, is yet to be arrested.
Viral videos on social media show Jaiswal escaping the Mahindra Thar vehicle. However, he claimed that the farmer protesters had attempted to lynch driver Hari Om and two other BJP workers to death.
In line with this, five farmers from Tikunia village of Lakhimpur Kheri and nearby areas have been called in for questioning for participating in the October 3 protest. Farmers are to present themselves before officials on October 20. In response, members of farmers group Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) legal team have offered their full legal assistance to farmers.