Ground Report | New Delhi: What’s happened in Lakhimpur Kheri; Five, including two farmers, have died in the ongoing farmers’ agitation in Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh. Lakhimpur District Magistrate Dr. Arvind Chaurasia said that two people were crushed to death by a car and three people died after their vehicle overturned.
What’s happened in Lakhimpur Kheri
In Lakhimpur Kheri, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya had a program to inaugurate the projects, after that he was to attend a program in the native village of Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra.
Farmers were protesting against three agriculture bills of the Centre, ahead of an event at Tikunia, the native village of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, in Lakhimpur Kheri. Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya was the chief guest in this program.
According to locals, the protesters had planned to show black flags to the Deputy Chief Minister. Farmers protesting in front of the car of Ashish Mishra, who was going to receive Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, also demonstrated.
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has alleged that it happened when the Union minister’s son drove his car over the protesting farmers. BKU claims that not two, but three farmers lost their lives in this incident.
Following this, angry farmers torched three cars, including one of Ashish Mishra, after the incident. The situation in Tikunia is now tense after a large number of farmers gathered at the spot.
The ruckus started only while stopping the convoy of the Union minister’s son. It is being told that in order to get Ashish Mishra out of the crowd of farmers, his driver increased the speed of the vehicle, due to which the farmers got caught. There are reports of death due to the crushing of 3 people in this incident. The farmers set both the vehicles on fire, accusing the minister’s son of crushing the farmers.
Reacting to the incident, former UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has accused the BJP of a ‘cruel act’.
He tweeted, “Trumping farmers peacefully opposing agricultural laws by the son of the Minister of State for Home, BJP Government, is a very inhuman and cruel act. UP will not bear the oppression of arrogant BJPists anymore. If this is the case then in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP will neither be able to walk or get off the vehicle.”
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi also reacted strongly.
Priyanka Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “How much does the BJP hate the farmers of the country? They don’t have the right to live? If they raise their voice, will you shoot them, trample them with a car? Enough is enough. This is the country of farmers. Not a fiefdom of BJP’s brutal ideology.”