Indian Farm Protest Clash Leaves Six Dead

A car allegedly owned by a minister in India ran over two farmers protesting against controversial farm regulations, causing six people’s death after conflicts arose in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, October 3.

Police authorities said that three members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a driver, and two farmers were killed in the clashes. The incident occured in the Lakhimpur Kheri district. 

Farmers claimed that India’s junior home minister Ajay Mishra’s son owned the car that ran over the protestors. 

Mishra denied that his son was at the scene, but the car driven by their driver lost control and slammed against the farmers after the protesters threw stones at the car. He added that his son won’t make it back alive if he was there. 

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that investigations are currently ongoing. Several national and regional opposition leaders arranged to visit the victims’ families on Monday, October 4. 

Farmers have camped for months on major roads to New Delhi to protest against India’s agricultural laws, demanding that they should be given an assured minimum price for rice and wheat. 

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