The farmers alleged that the car was owned by Ajay Mishra’s son, who serves as India’s junior home minister. He said that the two farmers who were killed were killed.
Mishra said his son was not present in the incident, but a car driven by “our driver” lost control and hit the farmers, when the “misleaders” pelted stones at the car and attacked it with sticks and swords. attacked.
“If my son had been there, he wouldn’t have come out alive,” he told Reuters TV partner ANI.
According to party and police officials, in subsequent clashes, three members of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, a driver and two other farmers were killed. Violence broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri district, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) north of state capital Lucknow.
The office of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the matter was being probed.
The incident led to further protests and road blockade in some parts of the state and social media outrage from opposition leaders.
Several national and regional opposition leaders had gone to meet the families of the victims on Monday.
Thousands of farmers have camped on New Delhi’s major highways for months to protest the three laws, in India’s longest-running agrarian protest. They say this law will destroy the long-standing system of giving farmers a minimum guaranteed price for their rice and wheat.
The government says the law will help the producers get better prices.
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