The agriculture minister of the state of Punjab, Mr Randeep Singh Nabha, offered a cheque of fifty lakh rupees each to the kin of the deceased in Lakhimpur-Kheri violence. The beneficiaries included immediate family members of the four deceased farmers, along with a journalist who was killed in the clash. The minister explained this as a move to support the farmers’ agitation against the much-conflicted farm laws passed last year. The ministry exclaimed that the Punjab govt. had always stood by the farmers in time of need.

Eight people were killed in the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. Apart from the farmers, who were allegedly run over by a three-vehicle convoy carrying BJP workers, one of them belonging to Union MoS Ajay Mishra. A journalist and three were BJP workers were allegedly lynched by angry farmers. Nabha handed over the cheques of Rs 50 lakh each to the families of the four farmers and the journalist in Lucknow, according to the release issued by the Punjab government.

The Punjab government has already given a government job to one member of each bereaved family of 157 farmers who died during the ongoing agitation (against farm laws), Nabha said.

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