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Farmers protest: AAP demands punishment for violence in Lakhimpur

By Naveen Bharat Editorial

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday reacted to the Lakhimpur Kheri incident where protesting farmers were allegedly crushed to death by a minister’s son.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “The thrashing of protesting farmers with vehicles is violent and unjust. Deaths of many farmers are reported. Those who commit such heinous crimes should be punished severely.”

AAP is fully supporting the demands of the protesting farmers in Delhi and other parts of the country in the hope that the Center will listen to their demands.

Crores of farmers are demanding the withdrawal of three controversial agriculture laws, which the AAP has called for. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “The news of the death of farmers in Lakhimpur is heart-wrenching. The killers of the country’s food donors should not be spared.”

According to reports, Ashish Mishra, son of Home Ministry Ajay Mishra, was allegedly involved in crushing the protesting farmers with his car in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. Police said the incident resulted in the death of four farmers, sparking huge outrage.

Farmers were protesting against three agriculture bills of the Centre, ahead of an event at Tikunia, the native village of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, in Lakhimpur Kheri. Party MP Sanjay Singh also demanded that the “killers” be given “severe punishment”. He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the “three black agriculture laws” against which farmers have been protesting for the past ten months.

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