The farmers have decided to intensify the agitation against farm laws after violent incident at Lakhimpur Uttar Pradesh in which eight people died.
Four of the eight were killed when a car linked to a senior ruling party minister Ajay Kumar Mishra crashed into protesters. The minister’s son Monu Mishra allegedly ramped the car on the protestors after firing at the protestors. According to the eye witness accounts of farmers and the cops Mishra and his son rammed the car on the protesting farmers after which the angry farmers burnt the two cars.
Police said they were investigating the crash and had registered a case against 13 people including a son of a minister of state in the interior ministry, Ajay Kumar Mishra,
An alliance of protest groups called in a petition to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday for a court-supervised investigation of the violence.
“We’ll intensify our agitation in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country to highlight the plight of innocent farmers,” Dharmendra Malik said a senior leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
Series of events.
Few days before the Lakhimpur incident Ajay Kumar Mishra in one of the programs organised by his party BJP had called for violence against farmers. The anger against Ajay Mishra was simmering in the farmers who were protesting in Teekuniya and Lakhimpur against the programs of BJP.
Much before the violence erupted in Lakhimpur the Minister of State was seen insulting the farmers when his cavalcade was shown black flags. The minister showed thumbs down to the protesting farmers.
The atmosphere was heating up in entire UP with farmers camping on the helipad of deputy chief minister of UP. The deputy had to cancel his visit in Lucknow.
The violence that erupted in Lakhimpur had its origins in the inflammatory speeches made by Mishra. According to the farmers on ground Mishra and his son instigated the farmers. Mishra’s son fired a shot that hit the farmer in his head. Soon after firing the shot Mishra and his son escaped in their car ramming the protesting farmers. The farmers managed to get hold of the cars while police party escorted the minister and his son away in the fields. According to the cop who was present on the scene the police kept firing shots until they took Mishra and his son away to safety. The angry farmers who were left with four dead people burnt the cars of minister.
As soon as the news of farmers deaths came out huge crowds of farmers started moving forwards Lakhimpur. The Farmer Union BKU Charuni urged all the farmers to move to Lakhimpur. Rakesh Tikait Of BKU also started out towards Lakhimpur with his contingent. Tikait and Charuni along with SKM called on the farmers at Lakhimpur to not cremate the bodies of four dead farmers until justice is delivered. The mourning families of four farmers youngest of them being 19yr old camped on the road with the bodies.
The politicians of the opposition parties announced their march towards Lakhimpur. Many opposition politicians including Priyanka Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadhav, Deepinder Hooda were detained.
The main political parties of Punjab including Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress and AAP all condemned the Lakhimpur incident and called for justice for farmers. SAD has announced that its delegation will head to Lakhimpur. Similarly Punjab Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi has tweeted that he will go to Lakhimpur to express solidarity with families of the dead. UP government ordered that no political leader would be allowed to land in Lucknow. The leaders and delegations of these parties are hence thinking of going to UP by road.
After Rakesh Tikait reached Lakhimpur, the talks between the administration and farmers started. The farmers under the umbrella body of SKM had already announced the gherao of DC offices across the nation. Memorandums were presented to DCs across the nation.
The farmers demanded that one crore compensation be given to the families of dead farmers. A government job and filing of FIR against Mishra and his son under sections 302 were other main demands. The farmers at Teekuniya also demanded that Mishra be sacked from his position of MOS.
After continued talks for hours the AGP Law ans Order Prashant Kumar announced that Police has registered FIR at Tikonia police station under IPC sections 302, 304 A, 147, 148, 149, 120 B and 279 against Ashish Mishra, son of MoS Ajay Mishra Teni and . 13 more people.
It was announced that 45lac ₹ will be given as compensation to the families of the dead along with a government job. The authorities also ensured that the culprits will be arrested within 8days and that the inquiry of entire incident will be carried out by retired high court judge.
The deadly violence in Lakhimpur has left 9 people dead with four farmers, four BJP workers including one driver and one scribe Raman Kashyap who was covering the protest. The internet remains suspended in Lakhimpur and section 144 is imposed in the area with special restrictions on entry of Punjabis as well.