Lucknow, October 03 (KMS): Two formers were crushed to death and eight others were injured by a vehicle in the convoy of Indian Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP, during protests against farm laws.
Farmers unions said that two of the protestors were run over by the vehicle in the convoy of the Union minister, in which his son and other relatives were seated.
Visuals from the area recorded later showed vehicles set on fire as a man, apparently injured, lies on the ground. There is heavy police presence in the area.
Farmer unions have also said that eight farmers were injured. “In Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, 2 farmers have died and 8 farmers were seriously injured after the vehicles of the ministers’ convoy crushed the farmers standing on the side of the road, protesting against the programme of the Union Minister of State for Home,” tweeted the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmers.
Dr Lalit Kumar, the medical officer of the district hospital in Lakhimpur Kheri, said two persons were dead on arrival and one seriously injured. “No postmortem has been conducted. They want the Union’s go ahead,” he added.
Mr Mishra, who is from the area, was holding a function at his village which the Deputy Chief Minister was also supposed to attend.