Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader Tajinder Singh Virk, 47, was admitted to the neurosurgery ward of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon at around 4am on Monday, killing four farmers, including eight, on Sunday in Lakhimpur. His family said he suffered a fracture of the skull and underwent surgery; His health is currently stable.
At the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, his brother Rajbir Singh told The Indian Express: “He underwent surgery for a head injury. He has multiple bruises on his face. I met him this morning. He was speaking in a low voice and made small movements. He has been transferred from the ICU to a ward. Doctors said he would be kept under observation for a few days.
Rajbir, who was in his hometown of Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, until Sunday, said his brother had told him that Ashish, the son of Home Union Moses Ajay Mishra, was driving the car that ran over the protesters.
Describing the sequence of events shared by his brother, Rajbir went with the farmers of Virk, Pallia, Puranpur, Lakhimpur Geri, Rudrapur and nearby districts on the morning of October 3 to be the president of the Therai Kisan Sangam. At 11 a.m. it reached the Ghazipur border and Dikunia at Lakhimpur Gari.
Farmers were outraged by some provocative statements made by Moses Ajay Misra in an earlier show, where he threatened farmers. Wirk had organized a peaceful protest against the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to Paneerpur in Misra constituency. At 11 a.m., black-flag protesters gathered at the Guru Nanak Academy in Tikunia for a peaceful protest, ”said Rajbir.
He sat on a group of protesters occupying the nearby helipad where Maurya’s helicopter was supposed to land, according to his brother’s events.
At around 2pm, it was reported that the deputy chief minister had arrived in a car and his route had been diverted. So at 2.30pm, the protesters dispersed. Some walked to their vehicles and made preparations to return to their villages. Three people – a fortune teller and two thugs – suddenly knocked down protesters from behind while some were walking and giving bytes to local journalists, ”Rajbir said.
Ashish Misra was able to escape in the tar. Several gunfire was fired by their thugs in the cars that followed him. After losing balance, two cars overturned and were set on fire by protesters in retaliation, ”Rajbir shared a version of the incident shared by his brother and some eyewitnesses from their union.
On Monday, a 29-second video clip was released showing a group of protesters walking down the road and a gray SUV running over them. Before the vehicle could run a man was thrown over the bonnet, leaving several bodies on the side of the road.
In the video, Tajinder, wearing a red turban, can be seen walking with a black flag while cutting tar below protesters. The car ran at a very high speed. Tajinder suffered excessive bleeding and fainted due to injuries to his head and spine. He was rushed to Dikunia Government Hospital where doctors referred him to Lakhimpur District Hospital. An hour later, he was referred to Rudrapur Medicity Hospital where he underwent MRI and CT scan. Doctors said his injuries were serious and referred him to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. At 4 am on Monday, he was admitted, ”said Hardeep Singh, a member of the Therai Kisan Sangathan who visited Virkai.
According to Hardeep Singh, Wirk, from the Lok Vihar colony in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, formed the Derai Kisan Sangam 20 years ago to fight for the rights of farmers.
We all belong to a family of farmers. Tajinder has been involved in struggles at the taluka, district and national levels for a long time. He continued to raise issues related to procurement, fair prices, crop insurance, MSP and compensation for farmers. Since the beginning of the struggle on November 26, he has been protesting on the Ghazipur border, as the coordinator of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha. On that day, he led a procession of 400 vehicles from Rudrapur to Ghazipur, successfully overcoming state barriers at Bilaspur and Moradabad, ”said Hardeep Singh.