In an article published today, Times of India (TOI) made the claim that no party leader has visted the kin of two BJP workers – Shubham Mishra and Shyam Sundar Nishad – who were lynched in Lakhimpur Kheri by violent protestors.
HinduPost spoke to family members of both workers to confirm if this is indeed true.
We first spoke to Shubham Mishra’s chacha (paternal uncle) Anup Mishra ji. He told us that Shubham was mercilessly beaten to death by ‘darinde‘ (monsters) – he was attacked not just with lathis, but also with swords. Shubham has left behind a wife and one-year-old infant daughter.
He told us that several BJP party leaders have visited the grieving family – MLA Yogesh Verma, MP and Union MoS Ajay Mishra, and the BJP district president. The family has received the compensation cheque for Rs. 45 lakhs, and a government job has been assured to them by the administration officials and village pradhan who visited them to hand over the cheque.
He outright denied what has TOI has reported as the words of Shubham’s father Vijay Mishra –
“But not one senior BJP leader has visited us the way political leaders of other parties have met the families of farmers who died,” said Vijay Mishra, Shubham’s father, a businessman. “No senior party leader came to fight for us.”
Anup Mishra told us that MP Ajay Mishra is much-liked in the Lakhimpur area for his approachability and development work. Ashish Mishra too is a grounded person, who doesn’t carry the usual airs of an MP’s son, he added.
Next, we spoke to Sanjay Nishad (22), younger brother of Shyam Sundar Nishad. Sanjay was in Uttarakhand looking for painting work when he heard about the assault on his brother around 5 PM on October 3, Sunday. Shyam had been going to the dangal (wrestling competition) organized in Ajay Mishra’s village for over a decade, and that day his daughter had asked him not to go, Sanjay told us. But he left as he had a responsibility as an organizer.
He saw the painful video where a bloodied Shyam can be seen begging for his life but refusing to give in to his attackers’ attempt to extract a false confession that he was “sent to run over the farmers”. Sanjay said his brother remained truthful to the very end. He also called up Ashish Mishra that evening to confirm the news.
Shyam leaves behind a wife, and two daughters – one 3 years old and the other just 7 months. Shyam was the eldest son of the family, and used to do contract farm work, including managing mango orchards in neighbouring Nepal.
Sanjay confirmed that the family has received a cheque of Rs. 45 lakhs on October 6 in the name of his bhabhi (Shyam’s wife). The family has been promised a govt. job and the lekhpal (village revenue official) visited their house just yesterday to ask for his bhabhi’s marks certificate and other documents.
He confirmed that many BJP leaders and workers have visited the house, and they have been given security. He denied the statement attributed to his father Balak Ram by TOI-
“But it would mean a lot if party leaders tried to help me get justice. No one has reached out yet.”
Sanjay said Ajay Mishra is very popular in the area, and held in high regard. His son Monu (Ashish Mishra) had attended his elder sister’s wedding. Sanjay had also met Monu when he went along for party meetings with Shyam sometimes. Sanjay said that everyone in the area knows Ashish Mishra was not in the car which crashed into protestors. The driver lost control due to stone pelting and lathi blows, he added.
What Sanjay told us next is stunning. He said that some reporters have been trying to get the family to say that Shyam was handed over alive to police, and later murdered by someone else! He said he has seen photos of all those who were brutally lynched that day and their bodies bore identical marks. He wants police to take action against the men who murdered his brother.
What Sanjay told us, matches the narrative that ‘farmers protest’ leaders are trying to create, and which has been slyly inserted in the same TOI article –
Farmer leaders, meanwhile, have maintained that they handed Sundar over to the police alive.
The same tactic was used by these protest leaders when Navreet Singh (27) died after his tractor overturned when he was trying to crash through police barricades during the January 26 ‘tractor rally’ mayhem unleashed by protestors. Unsubstantiated claims were made that Navreet died due to a police bullet, and propaganda outlets like Wire, Caravan and UK’s Guardian spread this propaganda.
The ‘journalist’ who filed this particular TOI report is Bareilly-based Kanwardeep Singh. One look at the slew of reports he has been filing over this incident or his twitter timeline will show how much such reporters can be trusted.
A report by The Print dated October 7 quotes Shubham’s father Vijay Mishra as saying, “Mantriji (Ajay Mishra) visited us and the MLA has come thrice.” But that report also paints a picture of families being upset with the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government for “ignoring them”.
There is an effort by multiple media outlets and news agencies to frame the Lakhimpur incident in a certain way. The pain of the lynched BJP workers’ families is being exploited. Their words are either being twisted or they are being made to say things to put the Yogi Adityanath govt. under even more pressure.
Hindus across the country need to understand that this Durbari media will stop at nothing to malign and weaken us. Many Hindus trust these people because they look and sound like us, not cognizant of their poisonous agenda. These journalists and academics are heavily protected by their economic and social privilege, and thus they manage to walk into our homes and cook up stories the moment they leave.
I&B ministry’s inaction on repeat instances of fake news & half-truths has emboldened these elements. We must now coordinate across geographies to identify such outlets and reporters, and educate our people to beware of them. Hindu temples and religious organizations should become the nerve centre for such Hindu mobilization and awareness, just like other communities are using their mosques, churches and gurudwaras.
The utter silence by media, judiciary and intelligentsia over the post-poll pogrom in West Bengal, and the frenzy (including suo motu cognizance by SC) over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, has a clear lesson for Hindus: whether you are Shyam Nishad, Hari Om Mishra, Avijit Sarkar, Haran Adhikari, V Ramalingam, you will be despised if you express your Hindu identity. The most lethal enemy of Hindus is not across the borders.