LUCKNOW: Four farmers were among the eight people killed in a clash after Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra’s car ran over 4 protestors in the Lakhimpur-Kheri area of Uttar Pradesh.

According to reports, a three-vehicle convoy consisting of three SUVs out of which one owned by Ajay Mishra ran over a group of farmers during the protest. The witnesses and protestors are calling for the arrest of MoS Ajay Mishra and his son who was allegedly driving one of the three cars.

The opposition has called for UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s resignation, titling him ‘inhuman’ and ‘cruel’. The CM expressed grief over the incident and called it ‘unfortunate’ and has assured that strict action will be taken against those found to be guilty.

While UP Police remained quiet, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has identified the deceased as Lovepreet Singh (20), Daljeet Singh (35), Nachattar Singh (60) and Gurvinder Singh (19) along with 12-15 others who were injured. An official at the Lakhimpur Kheri district hospital said farmers leader Tejinder Singh had suffered serious injuries. Late Sunday, the corpses of the four farmers were kept by protesters on the ground of a local college saying they would permit a post mortem only after the arrival of their national-level leaders.

Opposition leaders staged protests demanding the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was detained as he sat on a dharna outside his residence in Lucknow after police stopped him from going to Lakhimpur Kheri. A police jeep was set ablaze by protesters near the place where Akhilesh Yadav sat on a dharna. Earlier in the day, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also detained in the Hargaon police station area. Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel was denied entry into Uttar Pradesh. Such dominance over the movement of people in-out the state has been giving a strong impression of the growing ‘dictatorship’ of the UP CM and has fuelled the protests and movements across the country even more. Many have reported this to be the start and epicentre of a new movement against the BJP govt.

An FIR has been registered against Ashish Misra, the son of MoS Ajay Mishra however, the minister denied any claims of his son being present at the spot of the incident. Investigations are further underway.

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