Raman Kashyap

The body of the reporter for Sadhna Prime News in Lakhimpur Kheriwas found in a mortuary a day after his reported disappearance while covering the violent demonstrations , where local farmers and political supporters clashed. Kashyap was among eight peiople allegedly killed in the demonstration involving hundreds of farmers who had gathered to protest the visit of Uttar Pradesh’s deputy Chief Minister Keshav M to the village.

There are conflicting accounts of the circumstances in which Kashyap died. The editor of the Sadhna Prime news channel, Brij Mohan Singh, said that  Kashyap was ‘wounded by miscreants’ whioe covering the protest. A complaint filed by Kashyap’s father, Ram Dulare Kashyap, claims that Kashyap was “shot at” for filming a VIP convoy that killed farmers. 

Another journalist said that in addition to being shot in the hand, Kashyap was hit by a car that was allegedly carrying Mishra’s son, Ashsih Misra. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a coalition of Indian farmers' unions protesting against the agricultural laws, also claimed that a vehicle carrying Ashish Misra ran over the protesting farmers, killing at least eight people.  An FIR has been lodged against Ashish Mishra and 15 others for murder and inciting violence with Lakhimpur Kheri police.