It lasts only 29 seconds. But every chilling frame speaks to UP’s panic Lakhimpur Four were killed when three SUVs, including one owned by Union MoS Ajay Mishra, plowed a group of protesting farmers in Kheri on Sunday afternoon.
The video shows a group of protesters moving on a road next to farm fields and then being crushed by a gray SUV that is speeding from behind. A person is thrown over the bonnet before the vehicle speeds up, leaving corpses scattered on the side of the road.
The video was posted on Twitter on Monday by Tractor, an account that describes itself as a “campaign to support farmers protesting on social media against farm bills”. Four others were killed in the violence that followed the incident.
on the ground, Naveen Bharat Spoke to several eyewitnesses who described the scenes, he said, would haunt him for the rest of his life. UP Police farm leaders, local residents and sources told The Naveen Bharat that it was a “provocative” gesture and “provocative” gestures and comments aimed at farmers in protest against the central government by central MoS Mishra. Was waiting to happen after days of tension created by. New agricultural laws.
“Vehicles used to move in a crooked manner. One of them was run by Ashish Mishra (son of Union Minister of State Misra). The vehicles crushed the farmers, many of whom died. Our leader Tejendra Singh Virk was dragged by cars for long distances. Some people got trapped under the cars, but the vehicles did not stop. I could not believe my eyes,” said Gurmeet Singh, a farmer from Lakhimpur Kheri, who was among the group of protesters.
Dilbag Singh, a farmer leader, said, “The minister’s son realized that he might be caught, so he shot a farmer and fled.” A senior police officer who spoke to The Naveen Bharat on condition of anonymity said, “Ashish Mishra did not expect such a crowd and tried to escape, which resulted in the incident.”
Detailing the sequence, agriculture leaders and police sources pointed to the minister’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri last week – his parents are residents of Banvirpur village in the district. He said he “showed thumbs up” to some of the farm protesters who had gathered. The situation escalated, he said, when a purported video soon started doing rounds of the minister mocking and challenging the protesters.
“This country is a country of farmers. We are also farmers, you are also farmers… Even if we go down, they have not found a way to escape. People working behind the back… 10-15 such people make noise… Should have gone back to the poor country if the law was bad (This country belongs to farmers. I am also a farmer, you are also a farmer.. . If I would have acted, they would not have even found a way to escape. There are around 10-15 people who work behind their backs… If the agricultural laws were bad, the protest would have spread across the country),” Mishra was quoted as saying in the video. is heard.
Warning the protesters, he is heard saying: “Going to reform such people, otherwise saamana karwa ke hum aapko samchar denge, do minute lagega sirf (I want to tell such people ‘get your ways’) rectify’), otherwise I’ll have them face me and fix it in two minutes).
Dilbag Singh, the head of the Lucknow division of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), said, “The minister’s threat during his visit to the Palliya area on September 25 had angered us.”
Later in the day, police sources said, tensions escalated after an FIR was lodged against 25-year-old Sikh youth Harjeet Singh for allegedly posting objectionable remarks against Mishra in response to the speech. “All of them set the stage for a protest against the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya for an event in Banveerpur on October 3,” the police officer said.
Police sources said their local intelligence unit had alerted the district administration and senior officials about the protests against Maurya. ADGP (Lucknow zone) SN Sabat said, “There must have been some input after which force was deployed at the place where the farmers were protesting.”
“We were expecting Maurya’s helicopter to land at the local ground and got ready with a black flag there. Around 2.30 pm, we were told that Maurya would come in a car and not cross the ground, so we decided to call off the program,” said protester Gurmeet Singh.
“That was when three SUVs came out of Banveerpur. One car belonged to Minister Mishra’s representative Deepak Talwar, the other of Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra and the third was new without a number plate. After running over our men, they realized that they were surrounded by farmers. The minister’s son fled from the nearby fields, and managed to escape,” said Inderpal Singh, a farmer from Palliya area, who was part of Maurya’s protest.
Asked about the violence in which four others, including the minister’s driver, were killed, Inderpal said: “How do you deal with such goons? After what happened, people were very angry. I can’t say whether it was right or wrong, but what do you do when someone runs over your brothers, killing four of them? Officials confirmed that farm leader Virk was seriously injured.
“The protesters vandalized and thrashed some people, resulting in four other deaths. As per initial reports, the violence lasted for around half an hour,” said the senior police officer. Police have also denied reports of firing at the spot.
Speaking to The Naveen Bharat on Sunday, Mishra had denied that his son was driving the vehicle. “It was his driver who was driving. As soon as the vehicle was pelted with stones, it overturned and two farmers were hit by it.
“My party workers were on their way to receive the deputy CM when some attackers, including farmers, attacked him with sticks and swords. Three party workers and a car driver were killed in the attack. They destroyed the vehicle and set it on fire.”
When asked about his provocative speech, the Lakhimpur Kheri MP had said: “It is wrong that I targeted farmers. If one sees the entire speech, it will be clear that I was talking about the attackers hiding among the farmers.