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Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Family of one farmer refuses to cremate body, demands second autopsy

The mortal remains of three of the farmers, who were mowed down by a vehicle during a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, were cremated at their native places on Tuesday, while the family of the fourth one demanded a second post-mortem.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Family of one farmer refuses to cremate body, demand second autopsy-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Oct 5, 2021, 9:00 PM IST
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A family of one of the four farmers killed in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri during a protest on Sunday have refused to cremate his bodies and demanded a second autopsy.

The mortal remains of three of the farmers, who were mowed down by a vehicle during a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, were cremated at their native places on Tuesday, while the family of the fourth one demanded a second post-mortem.

According to Bahraich additional superintendent of police (Rural) Ashok Kumar, a decision on the demand for a second post-mortem could be taken only by senior officials.

This development comes after the post-mortem report revealed that the farmers died due to shock, excessive bleeding and haemorrhage and no bullet injuries were found.

The family of the farmer has demanded that a second post-mortem be conducted in another state.

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The families of Lavpreet Singh (19), Nachattar Singh (65) and Daljeet Singh (42) agreed to the cremation after hours of negotiations involving police officials and farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.

The family of Gurvinder Singh (22) of Matera tehsil refused to cremate him till a second autopsy is done and alleged that he was shot dead.

"We don't want to conduct his last rites after a false post-mortem report," a relative said as quoted by PTI.

The UP government is facing massive flak after eight people were killed in violence during a protest against the farm laws in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Four of the dead were farmers who were allegedly knocked down by vehicles driven by BJP workers. The others were BJP workers and a driver who were allegedly pulled out of the vehicles and lynched by the protesters.

The UP Police has lodged a case against Union minister Ajay Mishra's son, but no arrest has been made.

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