New Delhi: Union Minister of state for home Ajay Kumar Mishra Teni, his son, and other people were booked after a complaint was lodged by farmers in connection with Sunday’s violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur district.
Lakhimpur Kheri superintendent of police (SP) Vijay Dhull informed that an FIR was filed under IPC section 302 for murder, 120-B for criminal conspiracy, and 147 for rioting at Tikunia police station.
Police sources said that the violence erupted after a car had hit protesting farmers following which eight people were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri. They said that four farmers were killed after allegedly being hit by a convoy and four others who were traveling in one of the vehicles were beaten to death. The farmers were protesting against the three central farm laws.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of dozens of farmers’ unions, issued a statement alleging that among the four farmers, one farmer was shot dead by the son of union minister Ajay Mishra and others were allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
However, the minister claimed that his son was not present during the incident. “During the Lakhimpur Kheri visit, our workers came to receive us amid farmers’ protest. Some miscreants from agitating farmers started stone pelting on the car and injured our driver. Due to this, our car got imbalanced and 2 people died coming under it. After this, our 3 workers were killed and cars were set on fire,” Mishra said. “They’ve killed people and damaged and torched cars. We have video evidence,” he added.
He said that “four of our (BJP workers) workers were killed” and asserted that cases under section 302 will be lodged against the culprits. (PTI)