Lakhimpur Kheri: Three-time MLA publicly attacked, beaten to death over land dispute

Three-time MLA from Lakhimpur Kheri, Nirvendra Mishra was allegedly beaten to death by rivals over a property dispute on Sunday. The police, however, claim there were no injury marks on the body of deceased.

Former MLA Nirvendra Mishra's kin grieve over his death
Former MLA Nirvendra Mishra’s kin grieve over his death

Key Highlights

  • Three-time MLA allegedly beaten to death in broad day light
  • Family alleges police sided with accused in a property dispute
  • Police claims no injury marks on body, PM report awaited

Former Lakhimpur Kheri MLA Nirvendra Mishra alias Munna was killed today in broad daylight by ‘goons’ hired by his opponent over a property dispute in Trikolia village under Sampurna Nagar police station area of Lakhimpur Kheri.

Mishra has been a three-time MLA and was elected to the UP state assembly in years 1989, 1991 & 1993. He was once elected on an SP ticket and twice as an independent from the Pallia seat of Lakhimpur Kheri.

Deceased MLA’s son Sanjiv Mishra said they had a long-standing dispute over some agricultural land near the local bus station with an influential local businessman Radhey Shyam Gupta. Both parties had staked claim to the piece of land in the court because of which the case had become subjudice.

On Sunday however, a group of 50-60 men called by Gupta arrived on the scene and forcibly tried to take possession of the land. When the former MLA Nirvendra Mishra along with his son reached the spot and tried to intervene, he was attacked by the ‘goons’ called in by the rival party, alleged Mishra’s family.

Mishra was allegedly beaten to death in full public view while his son also sustained serious injuries in the incident. Mishra’s son Sanjiv said that after his father collapsed, the locals had overpowered & caught some of the accused but the police, which came in later, allowed them to go Scott free.

The former MLAs family has alleged direct collusion of the local police with the accused. In fact, the family is demanding the arrest of the local DSP Kuldeep Kukreti for siding with the accused and orchestrating Mishra’s murder.

Laxmi Singh, IG zone, however, said that the former MLA’s body did not bear any injury marks therefore it cannot be established if he was beaten to death. The postmortem report and ensuing police investigation will point out as to what exactly caused Nirvendra Mishra’s death

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