Lucknow: Eight people died in violence that broke out during farmers’ protests over the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The report said angry farmers set two SUVs on fire when they hit a group of protesters. Sources said that four of the dead were in a vehicle and the remaining two were farmers. Violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly rammed into a group of anti-farmer law protesters protesting against the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road. Also Read – Violent Demonstration In UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri After 6 Dead Protesters Are Hit By Vehicles As Farmers Protest
Angry protesters allegedly forced two vehicles to stop and set them on fire. They also allegedly thrashed some passengers. Farmers had gathered there to protest against Maurya’s visit to Banbirpur, the native village of Union Minister of State for Home and MP Ajay Kumar Mishra. Also Read – Kangana Ranaut Meets UP CM Adityanath, Brand Ambassador Of Government’s One District One Product Program
According to the District Magistrate, the four deceased farmers have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh (20), Satnam Singh (20), Hari Singh (35) and Subba Singh (65). All are from Bahraich and Kheri districts. Also Read – ‘Not Correct’: Former Minister Natwar Singh Slams Rahul Gandhi For Current Crisis In Congress
Ajay Kumar Mishra spoke to ANI:
- During the Lakhimpur Kheri Yatra, our workers came to welcome us amid the protest of the farmers. Some miscreants from amongst the agitating farmers started pelting stones on the car and injured our driver: Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni
- Due to this our car became unbalanced and 2 people died due to it coming down. After this 3 of our workers were killed and cars were set on fire: Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni.
- My son was not present at the spot. The miscreants attacked the workers with sticks and swords. If I had a son, I would not have come out alive. They have killed and damaged people and set cars on fire. We have video evidence: Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni
#Watch | “In Lakhimpur Kheri, three of our workers and a driver were killed and cars were set on fire. We are going to file an FIR. We have video. Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni says that a case will be registered against the people involved in this under Section 302 and action will be taken.
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— ANI (@ANI) 3 October 2021
Here are the key developments and top quotes:
- Internet services have been suspended in Lakhimpur Kheri after a clash that claimed the lives of at least eight people.
- Lucknow Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police from leaving for Lakhimpur Kheri.
- Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the incident.
- Expressing grief over the incidents, the Chief Minister said, “Such incidents are unfortunate. The government will ensure that the matter is thoroughly probed and the involvement of anti-social elements comes to the fore. We will take strict action against those involved.”
- The United Kisan Morcha claimed that one of the three farmers was killed by Ashish (Monu) Mishra, son of Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni, while the others were allegedly crushed to death by vehicles at Lakhimpur Kheri.
- The UP government has directed ADG law and order Prashant Kumar and ACS (Agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi to visit the place where the Lakhimpur incident took place.
- Officers including ADG Law and Order, IG Lucknow visited the spot to keep the situation under control and for further investigation
- I was in Banwaripur from 9 am till the end of the programme. The allegations against me are completely baseless and I demand a judicial inquiry into the matter and the guilty should be punished: Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni.
- Our 3 vehicles had gone to receive the Deputy Chief Minister for an event. On the way some miscreants pelted stones, set cars on fire and beat 3-4 of our workers with sticks: Ashish Mishra.
- We want to go there (Lakshmipur)… Will they crush farmers with cars for opposing the black law? We are not being allowed to proceed there citing law and order disturbances. If they want to put us under house arrest, we seek (written) orders: Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP general secretary