Farmers protest in Lakhimpur Kheri Live: On the 3rd of October, protests began after the Lakhimpur Kheri violence erupted where a convoy believed to be of Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish ran over the protestors in Tikonia area of Lakhimpur and killed four.
What the farmers claim on the issue?
Farmers claim that the convoy of Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, Ashish ran macerating over the protestors while they returned holding a demonstration against Centre’s three farm laws, claiming the lives of four near Tikonia village of Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh. Protests ensued soon after in the area of Tikonia, Lakhimpur Kheri and violence took heed. Farmers have been demanding justice for the farmers killed in the Lakhimpur violence.
Here is the sequence of events and the two versions of the incident
During 8:00 am, around 300 farmers reach Tikonia, a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district roughly 70km from the district headquarters, to protest against a visit by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
By 10:00 am, the protesters claimed to have infiltrated the local playground and attempted to take over the helipad. They claimed that Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra Teni, was present at the spot.
Ashish, on the contrary, said he was not present at the site of the incident and was attending another event in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri town, roughly 100km away.
At 2:30 am, the protesters claimed that a convoy of three SUVs linked to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders made their way from Lakhimpur to Tikonia, one of the SUVs being driven by Ashish Mishra knocked down four protesters. Violence had erupted in Tikonia by this time. Farmers said that supporters of Ashish Mishra shot dead one person. They claimed that the others were mowed down by SUVs in Ashish Mishra’s cavalcade.
Union minister Ajay Mishra said his son was nowhere near the site of the incident. He said that farmers started pelting stones at the cars, one of which hit a driver and he lost control of the car, and it overturned. Ajay Mishra, however, denied all charges and said his son was not present at the spot. “Neither I nor my son was present at the spot when the violence broke out. Our car was diverted to a different route,” he told reporters.
What’s there to the case as of now?
Eight people were killed in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. Protests began after that, following which the state government started negotiations with the farmers. The two sides reached a conclusion after the government agreed to listen to all the demands of the farmers.