Police in New Delhi have reported that eight people were killed when the violence happened in the farmers’ protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.
“In the unfortunate incident of Lakhimpur, eight casualties have been reported till now as per the district administration,” state police said.
According to a farmers’ union official, the killings occurred after a convoy of cars led by junior home affairs minister Ajay Mishra Teni “run over multiple demonstrators.”
Protests in Lakhimpur Kheri began on September 25 after Teni allegedly declared, “farmers should reform themselves, or they will be reformed.”
Tensions rose again when the state’s deputy chief minister, along with Teni, was scheduled to visit the district.
Protesters blocked the helipad where he was supposed to land, forcing the ministers to travel by road, which resulted in confrontations with Teni’s convoy.
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