Indian farmers will intensify their demonstrations following the deaths of nine people in violence.

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence

Farmers have pledged to intensify their months-long protest against farm rules, as emotions rise a day after nine people were dead in Uttar Pradesh state.
The protest
Farmers in India have promised to increase their months-long protest against agricultural reform regulations, as tensions rise a day after nine people were slain in northern Uttar Pradesh state’s Lakhimpur Kheri area.
The Uttar Pradesh government announced 4.5 million Indian rupees ($60,530) in compensation to the victims of Sunday’s violence on Monday. The state administration further stated that a retired High Court judge would investigate the incident.
The son of a federal minister has been charged.
According to officials and farm leaders, four farmers were killed on Sunday when a car driven by federal Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra plowed over protesting farmers in the Uttar Pradesh town of Lakhimpur Kheri.
Farm leaders claimed Mishra’s son was in the car when it collided with the demonstrators, but the junior home minister disputed this.
Mishra said that his driver and three members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the car were all slain by demonstrators in the ensuing mayhem.
“The farmers beat them to death,” Mishra said in a statement.
Police also claimed they retrieved the body of a local journalist from the scene of the incident on Sunday, although they did not say how he died.
The police’s reaction
Police filed a criminal complaint against 14 people, including the minister’s son, in connection with the deaths of the four farmers on Monday.
According to Arvind Chaurasia, a senior official in charge of the district, the BJP has also filed a criminal complaint against the protesting farmers in connection with the deaths of its members and the car driver.
Farm leaders want the minister and his son prosecuted and Mishra removed from office.
Following the incident in Lakhimpur Kheri, 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow, police inspector Arun Kumar Singh told The Associated Press that all schools in the district had been closed and residents have been instructed to stay home.
Authorities reportedly prohibited gatherings, suspended internet access, dispatched additional soldiers, and barred leaders from various opposition parties from entering the district to meet with farmers, fearing more significant disruption.
Police apprehended numerous opposition politicians on their way to the scene, including Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi.


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