Lakhimpur Kheri: UP Minister’s Son Kills 4 Farmers

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha

 The News Cover: Hundreds of farmers had assembled in the Tikonia area in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra, his son Ashish Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya were in a 3 car convoy. Protestors had gathered to block their convoy as they were upset over a recent speech by Mr. Mishra. Of the 3 SUVs that were blocked, 1 of them ran over 4 farmers instantly killing them. Enraged over the death of the farmers, the protestors hit the car with sticks, broke the window panes, and assaulted BJP workers. One of the SUVs managed to escape while the other two remained stuck in the mob. A car was even set on fire. 4 farmers, 3 BJP workers, and 1 car driver lost their lives in the violence. While UP Police did not give any information, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) identified the four farmers and their ages. 

Have a look. The protesting farmers have alleged that the car which killed the farmers was driven by the Union Minister's son Ashish. A murder case has been filed against Ashish and several others have been named in the FIR. SKM has said 12-15 farmers were injured as well. The state government announced that it will pay a compensation of ₹ 45 lakh and a government job to families of farmers killed in the violence. The injured will be given ₹ 10 lakh. A retired High Court judge will now investigate the violence. When the media asked Mishra about the FIR lodged against his son he said, I am not aware of any FIR against Ashish. "My son wasn't present at the spot. He was at the event. He could never run over the farmers. Had my son been there, he wouldn't have come out alive. I was with the deputy CM during the skirmish.” 

Mobile internet services have been suspended in certain districts and section 144, which prohibits assembly of four or more people, has also been imposed. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was not allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri by the police. Then Yadav decided to protest outside his house in Lucknow but the police have detained him. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi who was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri was also arrested by the police. According to Gandhi, she was not shown an arrest warrant and has been arrested illegally by the police. Opposition parties slammed the BJP state government for the cruel incident and called for the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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