Eight people were killed as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest over Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit. Two SUVs were set on fire by angry farmers after they hit a group of protesters, say some reports, while the videos received by Sirf News tell a different story.
Angry protesters allegedly forced the two vehicles to stop and set them on fire. They also allegedly thrashed some passengers. The farmers had assembled there to oppose Maurya’s visit to Banbirpur, the native village of Union Minister of State for Home and MP Ajay Kumar Mishra.
Mishra told news agency ANI that during his Lakhimpur Kheri visit, “our workers came to receive us amid farmers’ protest. Some miscreants from agitating farmers started throwing stones at my car and injured our driver”.
The union minister said, “Our car lost balance and two people died under its weight. After this, three of our workers were killed and our cars were set on fire.”
“My son wasn’t present on the spot,” Mishra said, “There were miscreants who attacked BJP workers with sticks and swords. If my son had been there, he would not have come out alive. They have killed people and damaged and set cars on fire. We have video evidence.”
Four of the dead were travelling in the vehicles and the remaining two were farmers, media reports said. The violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly ran over a group of protesters who are against reforms in the agriculture sector. They were reportedly demonstrating against the visit of the deputy chief minister on the Tikona-Banbirpur Road.
Following is one of the videos received that shows a crowd of protesters trying to upturn a vehicle.
According to the district magistrate, the four farmers who died have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh (20), Satnam Singh (20), Hari Singh (35) and Subba Singh (65). All belong to Bahraich and Kheri districts.
Meanwhile, video evidence of Khalistani terrorists’ involvement has surfaced. Many of those attacking the minister’s convoy are seen sporting the name of Bhindranwale on their T-shirts.