Violence broke enter Lakhimpur Kheri, province, where farmers were holding protests since this morning over the visit of Union Minister of State for home Ajay Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya. Eight persons, including four farmers, were killed, said Arun Kumar Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur Kheri, after farmers unions claimed two of the protesters were ran over by a vehicle within the convoy of the Union minister, during which his son and other relatives were seated. the opposite four who died were occupants of the vehicle that allegedly ran over the farmers, the officer said.
Visuals from the realm recorded later showed vehicles attack fire as a person, apparently injured, lies on the bottom. there’s heavy police presence within the area.
Farmers unions have called upon all farmers’ organisations across India to protest at District Magistrates’ offices all told districts between noon and 1 pm tomorrow. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait furthermore as farmers from Punjab and Haryana are on their thanks to the UP district.
Farmer unions have also claimed that eight farmers were injured. “In Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, 2 farmers have died and eight farmers were seriously injured after the vehicles of the ministers’ convoy crushed the farmers standing on the side of the road, protesting against the programme of the Union Minister of State for Home,” tweeted the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmers.
Dr Lalit Kumar, the medical man of the district hospital in Lakhimpur Kheri, said two persons were dead on arrival and one seriously injured. “No postmortem has been conducted. they need the Union’s move,” he added.
Mr Mishra, who is from the realm, was holding a function at his village which the Deputy Chief Minister was also alleged to attend.
The farmers decided to dam their visits over Mr Mishra’s recent speech during which he has brushed aside the protests, saying it had been a protest of “10-15 people and it’d take just two minutes to create them fall in line”.
“The farmers had planned to gherao a helipad to prevent the Deputy Chief Minister from getting off. Once that programme ended and the majority were on way back, three cars came… and mowed down the farmers… one farmer died on the spot and another within the hospital,” said Dr Darshan Pal, a pacesetter of the farmers’ union.
One of the leaders of the SKM, Tejinder S Virak, has been seriously injured and has been admitted to a hospital in Lakhimpur Kheri, he added.