UP Framer: “Papa, please come quickly," said a dying teenager from the hospital
One of the victims of the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, was a 19-year-old farmer on Sunday. Lovepreet Singh called his father from the hospital bed in his dying moments and asked him to come quickly.
"When they took him to hospital, he called, and I said 'Beta, how are you'. He said 'Papa, main theek hoon. Jaldi aa jao (I am ok. Please come soon)'. I said we are on our way. But when we reached Lakhimpur Kheri, he had died," said Lovepreet's father Satnam Singh, choking up.
Lovepreet Singh and three other farmers were brutally murdered during a protest against the visit of Interior Minister Ajay Mishra. Four farmers in the minister's convoy were hit by a car. Later, clashes erupted and cars were set on fire at the scene.
The farmers claim the car was driven by the minister's son, Ashish Mishra. UP police have filed a complaint against him.
Crying next to his body in a glass coffin, his family refused to cremate him today until they received the autopsy report and a copy of the FIR against Ashish Mishra. Many relatives and neighbours were waiting next to the body.
"My son was mercilessly crushed...They have not taken any action against the person responsible. The administration's response has been weak," said Mr Singh.
The Lovepreet’s two sisters mourn their younger brother, whose body has been in a glass coffin since Sunday. He left the house and said he was leaving for a good cause. "My son told us he is going for the farmers' protest. He said black flags will be shown...They were brutally crushed by cars from the back. The cars tried to remove the protesters...Ajay-ji's (Union Minister Ajay Mishra) son was probably behind the wheel."
After hours of negotiations between the farmers and the police, the cremation of Lovepreet took place at 3 p.m. His body was taken from the display case to a field about 100 meters away where a pyre had been prepared.
On the short walk from her home to the stake, Lovepreet's mother panicked several times with grief. His father, who had been called to inform reporters of his son's last phone call, collapsed at the stake and made one last attempt to hug his son.
Amid growing anger over the incident, the minister and his son denied their presence at the Lakhimpur Kheri site.
A viral video, apparently of the incident, surfaced and was tweeted by BJP MP Varun Gandhi and Congressman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The video apparently shows the terrible moment when an SUV collided with a group of protesters from behind, crushing many of them.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the autopsy report of the eight bodies revealed the causes of death, injury, shock, and cerebral hemorrhage.
Families have called for action based on videos posted after the incident.
The body of one of the farmers believed to have died from a gunshot wound is being sent for a second autopsy as part of a truce that allowed for cremation.
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