Farmer’s Protest: 8 killed in UP clashes
Four people were killed when four cars collided with a group of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, killing four others. 3 BJP activists and driver.
The farmers alleged that one of the two SUVs was driven by Ashish Mishra, son of Union Home Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra. Meanwhile, the minister responded that his son was not at the place and that there was video as evidence. Many were seriously injured. Huge tensions continue in the area. There were also shootings.
Minister Mishra had recently protested by saying that only ten or fifteen people were protesting against the central agricultural laws and that two minutes was enough to stop them from drawing the line. The farmers had decided to block a function organized by Mishra at Banbirpur village in Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday with the participation of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath deployed a large police contingent led by the ADGP at the spot. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait arrived at the spot from the protest venue on the Delhi border. Lakhimpur Kheri is a district in northern UP bordering Nepal.
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