In Lakhimpur Kheri, eight people have died so far in Sunday’s uproar during farmers’ protest over the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. After the protesters were crushed by two SUVs, angry farmers set those vehicles on fire. According to police sources, four people from both the sides have died. Four farmers were crushed to death by a car, while four people in the vehicle were beaten to death by the protesters. Meanwhile, the Yogi government has ordered shutdown of internet service in Lakhimpur Kheer.
Violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly collided with a group of anti-agriculture law protesters who were protesting against the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on the Tikonia-Banbirpur road in Lakhimpur-Kheri. Angered by the incident of the protesters being crushed, the people forcibly stopped two vehicles and set them on fire. They have also thrashed some passengers. The UP Police Headquarters, while confirming the 8 deaths in the ruckus, said that apart from the four protesting farmers, four people in the jeep in which the protesters were crushed have also died.
The farmers were protesting the Deputy Chief Minister’s visit to Banbirpur, which is the native village of Union Minister of State for Home and Kheri MP Ajay Kumar Mishra. Some journalists are also reported to have been injured in this incident. Meanwhile, Maurya’s visit to Banbirpur village has been canceled in view of the violence.
Ajay Mishra said – it is not his son’s fault in the incident
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra told a channel that some workers were going to receive Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was coming to attend the programme. He told that on the way, the farmers protesting in Tikunia pelted stones on the car of the workers due to which the vehicle overturned. He told PTI that three BJP workers and a driver were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri beating up “some elements involved in farmers’ protest”. He said that BJP workers’ car was pelted with stones due to which it overturned, due to which two people died after which BJP workers were lynched to death. He said his son had no involvement in the incident. The minister of state for home claimed, “It was not the workers but the farmers who attacked the workers. There were also some chaotic elements in the form of farmers. He himself has done the incident. The matter will be investigated in an impartial manner.
Akhilesh Yadav, president of Samajwadi Party and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, tweeted, “It is a very inhuman cruel act to trample the farmers peacefully protesting against the agriculture laws by the son of the Minister of State for Home of the BJP government. In another tweet, he demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister. He tweeted, “Just had a brief conversation with Tejinder Singh Virk ji, who was seriously injured in the incident of being trampled by BJPmen in Lakhimpuri Kheri, in view of his very serious condition, the government should provide him the best treatment. “Akhilesh further wrote, “Just one demand, the Chief Minister should resign.”
Rahul Gandhi, BSP President and former Chief Minister of the state Mayawati, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rashtriya Lok Dal President Jayant Chaudhary etc. also expressed their protest by tweeting.
Many leaders will go to Lakhimpur
Opposition parties have made their announcement to go to Lakhimpur. According to Samajwadi Party, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav will go to Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday, while Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh affairs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also reported to be there on Monday. Uttar Pradesh Congress media convener Lalan Kumar told that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will go to Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday morning and meet the aggrieved farmers. Priyanka had reached Lucknow late at night.
The United Kisan Morcha, which is leading the farmers’ agitation across the country against the agricultural laws, has demanded that the investigation of the incident in Lakhimpur Kheri should be done by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, not by the Uttar Pradesh administration. Meanwhile, Yogendra Yadav, who is associated with the farmers’ movement, said that the farmers will stage a protest outside the District Magistrate’s offices on Monday to protest against the two vehicles being crushed by the protesters in Lakhimpur Kheri. Opposition parties Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bharatiya Kisan Union have reacted sharply to this incident and have blamed the BJP and the son of Minister of State for Home for the incident.