At least eight people were killed as violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh‘s Sikh-dominated Lakhimpur Kheri on 3 October during a farmers’ protest over the three farm laws. A local police officer said that the violence broke out minutes ahead of state deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Banbirpur village. Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra was not allowed to proceed to the protest site; Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was not given permission to land at the Lucknow airport and Chandigarh Police detained another INC leader Navjot Singh Sidhu today while he was protesting in support of farmers outside the Raj Bhavan of Punjab.
Now, no political party in the opposition wants to miss the photo-op Lakhimpur Kheri offers. An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation led by Punjab Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema along with Raghav Chadha, Kultar Sandhwa and Baljinder Kaur is planning to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.
Earlier, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Baghel alleged in Raipur yesterday that Uttar Pradesh Police had misbehaved with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and stopped her in Sitapur without any warrant. “Is sympathizing with anyone now a crime?” Baghel asked.
Police sources said that the farmers who were agitating against the new farm laws had blocked the road to oppose Maurya’s visit. They got infuriated after two SUVs reportedly belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers hit them, leaving a number of farmers seriously injured.
Delhi Traffic Police has diverted traffic moving towards Ghaziabad from Akshardham Setu towards Noida and Vikas Marg. Police diverted the traffic on road number 57A to Hasanpur Karkari Mod for Shahdara, Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad.
Police diverted traffic from Ghazipur roundabout to Anand Vihar, Bhopura Border Ghaziabad via road no 56, from Murga Mandi roundabout to Dr Hadgewar Marg then Nala Road up to UP Gate Ghaziabad for Vaishali, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad via Paper Market, Ghazipur.
Meanwhile, negotiations between farmers‘ leaders led by Rakesh Tikait and the Uttar Pradesh government ended on a “positive note”, sources said.
The two sides agreed to
- the state government giving Rs 45 lakh each to the next of kin of the farmers killed
- the state government paying Rs 10 lakh each to the injured
- a family member of each of the four farmers killed will get a job, subject to their qualifications
- an FIR is to be lodged in the matter
- a judicial probe by a retired HC judge
The farmers’ protests started in November last year when the Narendra Modi government amended three agriculture-related laws that experts repeatedly said were detrimental to the vocation. Despite nearly a year of this agitation, it has hardly attracted activists outside Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. The Supreme Court has put the implementation of the amended laws on hold and referred them to a committee, the report of which is not out yet.