Injured Farmer UP Violence: 'Minister Ajay Mishra's Son Was In The Car' Alleges

Injured Farmer Tejinder Virk, a patient at Medanta, said it was sad that the man had not been apprehended even after 72 hours.

Injured Farmer UP Violence: 'Minister Ajay Mishra's Son Was In The Car' Alleges
Injured Farmer UP Violence: 'Minister Ajay Mishra's Son Was In The Car' Alleges

An injured protester claims that Union Minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish was driving the automobile that ran over farmers two days after eight people were killed in rioting in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri. Tejinder Virk, a patient at Medanta, said it was sad that the man had not been apprehended even after 72 hours. On Sunday, Mr Virk organised a protest against a Union Minister's visit to the area for an event. 

"This was a conspiracy to kill us. Ajay Mishra had given a statement that he would not allow farmers in Uttar Pradesh, let alone Lakhimpur. We were protesting against this statement. We were constantly in touch with the police and administration. We were standing along the route to wave black flags at him," Mr Virk, being treated for severe wounds, told.

"At 3 p.m., we were informed that their itinerary had altered. We started walking back in a calm manner. Suddenly, we were slammed from behind by rushing cars. The automobile was travelling at a speed of over 100 km/h. They deliberately ran us over. In the car were Ajay Mishra's son and his men. Then I went unconscious." 

An enraged throng later attacked the convoy, according to Mr Virk. Mr Virk asked that the Union Minister be fired, saying, "Our people saved some of them and turned them in to the cops." "I am prepared to testify. The government of Yogi Adityanath is assisting the assailants" he stated. A farmer, Simranjeet Singh, claims he witnessed people abandoning the convoy's automobiles, firing shots, and fleeing.

But he said he couldn't see who was driving the SUV that rammed protesters. It started as a peaceful protest against the Union Minister's visit, in which black flags would be shown to him. Within 3 minutes, the cars drove into the protesters and people fell.

"I was volunteering and looking after the langar. Then a Thar, Fortuner, and Scorpio (three cars in the convoy) came charging at a speed of 80-100 km/hour. The Thar crushed our farmers from the back," said Singh. On the driver of the Thar, Singh said: "It all happened very fast. On both sides of the Thar, there were men standing. The cars were moving at a high speed, you can tell from videos." He stated he witnessed five to seven persons emerge from the automobiles, all of them were firing continuously. 

He claimed that the demonstrators had already announced that they would be marching on that road and had advised the minister's staff to move their vehicles. "I believe they were under the impression that everything had been so quiet... but something had to happen. They went after us, and the farmers were run over." 

Singh and other volunteers assisted in transporting the injured to the hospital. Lovepreet Singh, 19, requested his father to "come soon" from the hospital, but he died before he could see his family.