Lakhimpur Kheri: The Uttar Pradesh Police has registered an FIR against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which at least one person was killed on Sunday.
Several farmer leaders, including BKU’s Rakesh Tikait and Samyukta Kisan Morcha, had demanded registration of an FIR against MoS Mishra and his son for their alleged involvement in the violence in the district on Sunday.
Tikait sought his arrest regarding certain remarks made by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra in the purported video that surfaced on social media and said that the atmosphere in the area was being vitiated in the last 10 days.
However, the Union Minister denied the allegations, saying that his son was not present at the site at the time of the incident. He said he has video evidence to support his claim.
Hundreds of farmers will protest at the District Collectorate and every district across the country on Monday to protest against the violent clash that took place at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday.
In view of the incident, a panchayat was convened by the National President of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Naresh Tikait in Sisauli village of Muzaffarnagar late in the night, during which it was decided to stage a sit-in protest at the district collectorate on Monday. .
“We will first meet the farmers and villagers and discuss the situation with them. Further action will be taken on the basis of discussion with villagers and farmers. His decision will be valid,” Tikait told reporters in Banbirpur village.
Eight people were reportedly killed in the violence, although four people have been officially confirmed dead so far.
There is an atmosphere of tension in the state after the incident. From farmer leaders to political leaders, everyone is trying to reach Lakhimpur Kheri.
The national spokesperson of the non-political farmers union, BKU, had started from western UP on Sunday evening and arrived here early in the morning, with his aides accusing several police investigations of delay.
“On our way to Lakhimpur, we were stopped by the UP Police at several places. Somehow we have reached Banbirpur village here and Tikait ji will now meet the farmers here.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services were suspended in parts of the violence-hit district, where restrictions have been imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits gatherings of four or more people, according to officials.
Describing the incident as “unfortunate” in the early hours of Monday, the UP Police said on Twitter that eight casualties have been reported so far as per the district administration.
“ADG LO, ACS Agriculture, IG Range and commissioner are on the spot and the situation is under control. Adequate deployment has been made to prevent any untoward incident.”
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders reached here in the early hours of Monday, but alleged that they were not allowed to meet the victims of the violence that took place during the farmers’ protest and claimed several lives. The Congress party claimed through several tweets that Priyanka and other leaders have been “arrested” by the UP Police.
Priyanka Gandhi, who is accompanied by party leader Deepender Singh Hooda among others, had to resort to alternate routes to reach the destination as heavy security was deployed on the main roads amid tension in the violence-hit area.
“We are waiting outside Banbirpur village. The police have stopped us from going inside. We have come here to meet the victims of violence,” Congress national secretary Dheeraj Gurjar said over phone at 4.30 am.
Priyanka Gandhi’s convoy was earlier briefly stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police officials in Lucknow, where the Congress general secretary arrived here on Sunday night, within hours of receiving information about violence during a protest against anti-agriculture laws here.