A new unedited video has exposed the claims made by Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son on the massacre of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. In the new video, slightly longer in duration, the minister’s SUV can be seen ramming into farmers with incredible speed, leaving at least four of them dead and many injured.
The emergence of the new video contradicts the claims made by the minister and his son that they were under attack by the farmers. The driver of the vehicle could be seen ramming the SUV into the farmers at full speed leave them dead and injured.
Farmers on Sunday had assembled to protest the visit by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union Minister Ajay Mishra near Tikonia village. According to news agency PTI, all four killed had Punjabi names.
Warning! You may find this video very disturbing. New unedited video shows how minister's car mowed down farmers while ramming into them with incredible speed. #lakhimpur_farmer_massacre pic.twitter.com/yhbnFJdEfQ
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) October 6, 2021
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday visited the area and met the family members of those killed. While the Uttar Pradesh Police had detained Priyanka Gandhi for more than two days, the Yogi Adityanath government had deployed huge forces in Lucknow to stop Rahul Gandhi from visiting Lakhimpur Kheri.
Rahul Gandhi had also met the family members of journalist Raman Kashyap, who too was killed in the violence. Gandhi shared photos of himself with Kashyap’s family members as he wrote in Hindi, “Expressed my condolences after meeting the family members of the martyred journalist, Raman Kashyap. What does this family want after losing their loved one to inhuman cruelty? Justice, which included immediate arrests of those guilty and removal of the minister from his post. Now, we must do the justice.”
पत्रकार शहीद रमन कश्यप के परिवार से मिलकर शोक व्यक्त किया।
अपनों को अमानवीय क्रूरता के हाथों खोने वाले ये परिवार क्या चाहते हैं?
न्याय- दोषियों को तुरंत गिरफ़्तार किया जाए व मिनिस्टर को पद से हटाया जाए।
और अब न्याय करना होगा! pic.twitter.com/sd7huPcVuh
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 6, 2021
The latest development has taken the farmers’ protest against the BJP government to a dangerous level with assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh barely a few months away.