Violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri caused the death of eight people including four farmers. This has snowballed into a major political row as there is an alleged involvement of a union minister’s son. This issue is being taken up by a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana today.
Due to a growing outcry over Uttar Pradesh police handling of the investigation, the Supreme Court decided to take up the matter.
Farmers are planning to intensify their months-long movement against laws aimed at liberalising agriculture.
Four of the eight people were killed when a car belonging to Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish crashed into protestors. He has not yet been arrested after 4 days despite being named in a police complaint.
The police have stated that they are investigating the crash and have registered a case against 13 people including Ashish Mishra. The Minister Ajay Mishra came to his son’s defence and said that his son was not present at the time of the incident and the car that was driven by their driver lost control after the farmers threw stones at the car and attacked it with sticks and a sword.