Uttar Pradesh Police Deputy Chief of Local Intelligence Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday warned the Lakhimpur Keri district administration and top police officials about the planned protest by farmers during his visit.
Protesters, who have been protesting against three federal agricultural laws for more than a year, were angry that a weekly report by Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra had challenged them.
Outraged by the Union Minister, the farmers planned to stage a protest against Maria. Deputy Chief Minister Misra’s parents had planned to visit the village for an event. Police said the village of Panveerpur was near the Dikonia crossing where the protesters had gathered.
Demonstrators raised slogans and planned to hoist the black flag when a team of three SUVs, including one owned by Misra, collided with a group of agricultural protesters. While the protesters identified the four farmers killed, his son Ashish, a businessman, was not at the scene, Misra said. He said the other four killed were “BJP workers and a car driver” and accused the attackers of being among the protesters.
When asked about the intelligence inputs, Additional Director General (Lucknow Zone) SN Sabath said there must have been some inputs based on the deployment of a police force at the protest site.
Recently, a 25-year-old man, angered by Misra’s statement, made objectionable comments about him on WhatsApp. Police have registered an FIR against a youth identified as Harjeet Singh, a local. The case was registered at the Nikon Police Station.
Police have used IPC Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to violate the peace) and 500 (punishment for defamation), said Nikon Station House Officer (SHO) Ram Lakhan.