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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The talks between the farmers and the administration were accomplished under the leadership of Rakesh Tikait
  • · The administration has promised to proceed with compensations for the deceased and injured, as well as legal enquiry into the incident
  • · Senior officials who were present in the several rounds of talks included additional chief secretary (agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi, inspector general (Lucknow) Laxmi Singh and ADG (Lucknow) SN Sabat

On Monday, positive talks were accomplished between the protesting farmers and the administration, under the mediation of Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait. Meanwhile, prolonged agitation continues in parts of north India, over the death of eight people including four ryots, ahead of a brutal clash that took place at Lakhimpur Kheri in UP on Sunday.

As per the agreement, the government will be giving compensation of 45 lakhs and a job to the families of four farmers who were killed in the hubbub. The injured people will receive a sum of 10 lakh each. The administration will also be giving the jobs in accordance with the qualifications of the family members. Farmers have not yet permitted the administration to proceed with the final rites of the expired.

According to the director-general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar, who has consistently been a part of the five rounds of negotiations, the first information report (FIR) will give principle heed to the complaints of the farmers. He has also said that the violence will be investigated by a retired high court judge.

Amidst the government’s decision to bar the opposition leaders from entering the vulnerable area, Tikait was the only significant face who was allowed to pass through. Among the opposition faces, Priyanka Gandhi continues her agitation in detention, while Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav have been taken into the custody of the police as they decided to move with a sit-in following Akhilesh’s house arrest.

Officials have maintained that the administration was barring several faces from entering the Lakhimpur Kheri district due to prohibitory orders. He has also added that Tikait along with other farmers was engaging in negotiations. The senior officials who were present in the several rounds of talks were the additional chief secretary (agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi, inspector general (Lucknow) Laxmi Singh and ADG (Lucknow) SN Sabat.

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