The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed retired Punjab and Haryana high court judge Rakesh Kumar Jain to supervise the Special Investigation Team (SIT) inquiry into Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
The apex court also ordered the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to draft in three elderly IPS officers, including a woman police officer, into the SIT to probe the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri incidents- mowing down of four growers, lynching of three indicted and death of a intelligencer.
The UP government, during the hail, acquainted the Supreme Court that it was paying victim compensation to the four growers mowed down in Lakhimpur Kheri. It, still, told the court that it isn’t sure whether to pay compensation to the indicted persons who were lynched.
The top court had on Monday asked the UP government to look into the grievance of individualities who haven’t been paid compensation in the case.
The Supreme Court will next hear the case after the SIT concludes the inquiry and afiles the status report to this effect.
Four growers were mowed down by an SUV in the convoy at Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s three new ranch laws was holding a demonstration against the visit of Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on October 3.
Two BJP workers and a motorist were beaten to death allegedly by the angry protesters, and a original intelligencer was killed in the violence.
The police have so far arrested 13 indicted, including Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra, in connection with the case.