A video of farmers marching in a line chanting slogans over the weekend at Lakhimpur Kerry in Uttar Pradesh has spread on social media. Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the incident.
The video has not yet been verified by police as it has been widely shared on social media. NDTV cannot independently verify its authenticity. It is not clear who is in the driver’s seat.
In the 25-second video clip, one can see farmers falling to the ground as a vehicle collides, while others struggle to get out of the way. Another vehicle with a siren tails the SUV that struck the farmers.
The video fits in with the explanations given to NDTV by farmers in the area on Sunday, who said the vehicle collided head-on with their backs to unknowingly catch themselves. The product and color of the lead SUV that inspires farmers in the video matches other scenes from the site.
On Sunday, a group of protesting farmers in Kerry’s Dikonia area tried to prevent them from meeting Union Minister Ajay Kumar Misra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Protesters were upset by Misra’s recent speech.
Farmers said the violence erupted as the car in the minister’s vehicle overturned on protesters. Footage from the area showed fires and vehicles being set on fire. They allege that the car was driven by Union Minister’s son Ashish.
A murder case has been registered against the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
Minister Ajay Misra says he is unaware of the FIR against his son. He also denied that his son was involved in the violence. “My son was not there. There were mysterious people who attacked the workers with sticks and swords. If my son had been there, he would not have come out alive,” Misra said. By ANI News Agency. “(Deputy Chief) My son was at the scene … throughout, I was with the Deputy Chief,” he said.
The government has promised compensation of Rs 45 lakh to the families of the deceased. The injured will get Rs 10 lakh compensation. The state government has said a retired judge will inquire into the matter.