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Union minister's son allegedly runs car over protesting farmers in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri; 5 killed

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation of farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, alleged that the Union minister's son, uncle and other goons ran over protesting farmers.  

Union minister's son allegedly runs car over protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri VPN
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Lakhimpur Kheri, First Published Oct 3, 2021, 7:44 PM IST
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At least five farmers have reportedly lost their lives and over a dozen others have been injured in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri after they were allegedly run over by the convoy of vehicles belonging to the family members of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni.

According to media reports, some farmers were also shot at by unidentified miscreants.

Following the incident in Tikunia, the farmers set fire to some of the vehicles in the convoy.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation of farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, alleged that the Union minister's son, uncle and other goons ran over protesting farmers.  

The SKM also claimed that protesters had gathered at the location to stage a black flag protest against the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra for the alleged open threat he issued against farmer leaders in a public meeting.

The SKM alleged that the cars ran over protesters who had lined up on the road with black flags.

Additional security personnel are being deployed in the area after Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait announced that he is on his way to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the injured farmers. 

Angry farmers razed three cars, including the one that belonged to Ashish Mishra, after the incident. 

The issue has already triggered a political storm in Uttar Pradesh with the Congress and the Samajwadi Party seeking action against the Union minister's son.

Directly accusing the minister's son of ruthlessly killing farmers, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala claimed that the central government was baying for the blood of farmers and that the carnage in Lakhimpur showed BJP's reality.

Stating that this was how the BJP treats farmers, the CPI-M took to Twitter to assert that such barbarity will not cow down the farmers' protest.

Terming the incident as inhuman and cruel, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said that Uttar Pradesh will not bear the oppression of arrogant BJP people anymore.

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