Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to provide protection to the witnesses in the incident. The Court has also directed that statements of witnesses be recorded expeditiously.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has posted the next hearing in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case on November 8.
During the hearing, the senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court that out of 68 witnesses, statements of 30 witnesses have been recorded under and 23 persons claim to be eyewitnesses of the incident.
To this, the top court asked that there were hundreds of farmers in the rally and only there were 23 eyewitnesses?
Uttar Pradesh government said that people have seen the car and the people who were inside the car.
The court stated that if the eyewitness is more credible than a bystander then it is best to have first-hand information.
Also, the Supreme Court said that there was a crowd of 4000-5000 persons who are all local people and even post-incident most of have been agitating. "This is what has been reported. Then, the identification of these people should not be a problem," it added.
Harish Salve said that the UP Government can give in a sealed cover which are the statements recorded of the witnesses in the case.
Supreme Court asked Uttar Pradesh Govt to file replies on the investigation on the killing of a journalist Raman Kashyap and one Shyam Sundar in Lakhimpur Kheri violence. It also asked forensic labs to expedite the process of submitting reports relating to videos of the incident.