UP violence: Yogi orders probe, Union Minister Ajay Mishra denies son’s hand

At least eight people including four farmers and three BJP workers were killed in the violence that erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur-Kheri after the farmers protesting against the state government were allegedly attacked.

Union Minister Ajay Mishra said that three BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death by “some elements” among the protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, after a car in which they were travelling turned turtle.

Ajay Mishra said that that two farmers had died after coming under the car. The Union minister of state for home said neither his son, nor he was present at the site when the incident occurred.

According to locals, the demonstrators had planned to show black flags to the deputy chief minister. The protesting farmers also staged a demonstration in front of Ashish Misra’s car when he was going to receive Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident called it unfortunate.

“Chief Minister had expressed grief in the Lakhimpur incident. He called the incident very unfortunate. Uttar Pradesh government will investigate the matter in detail and will take strict actions against the culprits,” read an official statement by UP government.