Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav sat on dharna outside his residence as Lakhimpur Kheri turned into a fortress a day after eight people were killed during a farmers’ protest yesterday over a statement made by Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni at an event earlier in the day. The death toll has in ‘Lakhimpur Kheri violence’ has now increased to nine as a local journalist missing since yesterday.
As per a report, the violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly ran over four anti-farm law protesters over a statement made by Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni, who was on his way to his village after a programme of UP Deputy CM Keshav Maurya in Lakhimpur city. After this incident, farmers present at the spot allegedly torched a minister’s convoy vehicle.
UP DGP Mukul Goel says, “Total 8 persons died in the incident. Out of the eight, four were farmers and the remaining four were others who were in the vehicles.”
According to the district magistrate, the four deceased farmers have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh (20), Satnam Singh (20), Hari Singh (35) and Subba Singh (65). They belong to Kheri and Bahraich districts. Farmers alleged that Teni’s son Ashish Mishra was driving the vehicle that ran over the farmers. Reacting to the farmer’s allegations, Teni said that his son was not even present at the spot when the incident took place.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and said, “Lakhimpur Kheri Violence LIVE Updates: Reports said the violence broke out after two SUVs allegedly ran over a four anti-farm law protesters over a statement made by Minister of state Ajay Mishra Teni.”
After this, the internet services were shut in Lakhimpur and borders around Lucknow were also sealed on all the roads leading to Lakhimpur.