Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday demanded that Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra be sacked and his son arrested in connection with the death of farmers during a protest. Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh.
He also demanded one crore rupees compensation and government job to the families of the deceased farmers.
“We will perform the last rites of them (farmers) only after our demands are met,” he told a press conference.
Eight people were killed in violence on Sunday during protests by farmers that claimed the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Lakhimpur.
Among the dead were four people in a car, apparently part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister. He was allegedly beaten to death. Officials said four others were farmers.
Farmer leaders had claimed that the minister’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of the cars on which he rammed some protesters protesting the deputy CM’s visit.
Ajay Mishra, however, said that he and his son were not present at the spot as alleged by some farmer leaders and they have photo and video evidence to prove it.
During the press conference, the farmers also alleged that Ashish Mishra opened fire on the farmers.
When asked about some of the comments made by Ajay Mishra in the purported video that surfaced on social media, Mr. Tikait said that the atmosphere in the area is deteriorating for the last 10 days.
According to officials, mobile internet services have been 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.
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,” the statement said.
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