Protests erupt in India over Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Ambala (Haryana, India), Oct 05 (KMS):  Protesters blocked Shambhu Toll Plaza in Ambala, a city in Indian state of Haryana, after arrest of Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni on way to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh late Monday night.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, eight people including four farmers were killed in a protest against two BJP ministers.

Chaduni, who was detained on way to Lakhimpur Kheri was later released.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur, Congress supporters staged protest outside PAC guest house to demand release of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. In Meerut, nearly 18 people were arrested after several police personnel sustained burn injuries in the wake of protest. “More or less, the protest was peaceful but some organisations took law in their hands, didn’t bother about others’ lives,” city’s SP Vineet Bhatnagar said.

Various political parties and farmers’ outfits held protests in various parts of Uttar Pradesh over the killings of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, demanding the dismissal of Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra and lodging of an FIR against him and his son. The protests and demonstrations were reported from various districts, including Banda, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Jalaun and Lalitpur in the Bundelkhand region, besides Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home turf Gorakhpur.

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