A half-eaten packet of Kurkure snacks. That was the last thing 20-year-old Lovepreet Singh, one of the four farmers who lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, gave his mother. That morning, his mother was busy threshing wheat and could not prepare his breakfast. “He left after eating just a half-packet of crisps. He gave half to me because he didn’t eat anything without sharing with me,” Satvinder Kaur, Lovepreet’s mother, tells Outlook before breaking down. Her wrinkled lavender dupatta spotted with tear stains tells the tale of many days of pain. “He and I were very close. I miss him a lot. I want the killer to be hanged. I want him to die just like our son died,” Satvinder manages to say between gasps and tears.
Lovepreet was among eight people who lost their lives in the violence that erupted in Lakhimpur Kheri when a car carrying Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra allegedly mowed down protesting farmers. Four farmers, a journalist and three BJP workers were killed in the violence. Following investigations, Ashish Mishra was arrested. He has recently been released on bail.