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Lakhimpur Kheri violence hits local Sikh community hard

Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), October 6

The spot close to Tikonia village the place violence erupted on Sunday throughout a farmers’ protest is amid an space linked to the lifetime of Guru Nanak Dev, the founding father of Sikhism.

Granthi Baljeet Singh from Kaudiyawala Ghat Gurdwara says the Guru got here right here in 1554 and cured an individual of “kodh”, or leprosy. The shrine will get its identify from there.

The religious consider {that a} dip within the ‘sarovar’ of the gurdwara, positioned near the spot the place eight individuals have been killed, can treatment individuals of pores and skin illnesses.

Lakhimpur Kheri district and the adjoining areas within the Terai have been dwelling to Sikh farmers for generations – together with those that got here through the time of the Awadh nawabs, migrants from undivided Punjab and the more moderen settlers.

On Sunday, Sikh farmers shaped a sizeable variety of these protesting over the go to of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. And all of the 4 lifeless farmers had Punjabi names.

They have been allegedly mowed down by a automobile carrying BJP employees. The opposite 4 victims included two BJP employees, allegedly lynched by offended protesters.

Many farmers from Lakhimpur Kheri and the neighbouring areas within the Terai have been actively concerned within the protests in opposition to the agri-marketing legal guidelines enacted on the Centre final yr.

Many have made journeys to the protest websites on Delhi’s borders – dominated by farmers from Punjab and Haryana—the place the agitation has been on for months now. In addition they attended the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar final month.

Bahraich, Shahjahanpur and Pilibhit are among the many different Uttar Pradesh districts with a big inhabitants of Sikh farmers.

Largest in space among the many 75 UP districts, Lakhimpur Kheri is thought for sugarcane cultivation, and there are 9 sugar mills within the district.

Sarjit Singh, a retired sports activities trainer at a authorities college in Bahraich, says Sikh farmers from Punjab began shopping for forestland within the Terai districts as a result of the identical amount of cash would get them greater items of land than again dwelling.

“Some bought their 5 bighas of land in Punjab and acquired 25 bigha in Bahraich close to the forests,” he says.

However there have been settlers earlier as nicely.

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who has been a minister in UP and on the Centre, mentioned Sikhs got here to Lakhimpur Kheri from undivided Punjab within the 1940s.

Earlier, the nawabs of Awadh inspired members of the group to settle within the space, and lots of purchased land, he tells PTI.

“The primary chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Govind Ballabh Pant, too had inspired Sikhs to purchase land on this space,” says Ramoowalia, now a member of the UP legislative council from Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Celebration.

In accordance with an aged Pyara Singh, there are three or 4 lakh Sikhs in Lakhimpur Kheri. Most farmers from the group are based mostly in Palia, Nighasan and Gola tehsils within the district.

In Bahraich district, Nihinaurwa, Mihipurwa and Bichiiya areas have a big focus of Sikhs in Bahraich district.

Of the 4 farmers killed on Sunday, Lovepreet Singh and Nachatar Singh hailed from Lakhimpur Kheri. Gurvinder Singh and Daljeet Singh have been from Bahraich.

The group is represented within the Yogi Adityanath cupboard by Baldev Singh Aulakh. Ramoowalia was a minister through the SP time period.

Lakhimpur farmers say they have been offended with Union Minister of State for House Ajay Kumar Mishra over a “provocative” speech he made after being proven black flags throughout his public assembly in his Kheri Lok Sabha constituency.

He mentioned he might self-discipline such individuals in “two minutes”, the farmers say. Ashish Mishra, the minister’s son, is known as in an FIR registered over the farmers’ deaths.

However he claims he was nowhere close to the difficulty spot when the violence occurred. PTI

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