Chandigarh: Farmers in Haryana have alleged one person was injured after a vehicle in a convoy carrying BJP MP Nayab Saini hit a group of people who had gathered to protest against the centre’s farm laws.
The injured farmer was admitted to a government hospital in Naraingarh near Ambala, where the incident took place. He has been released after treatment, and told reporters he was standing by the side of the road when he was knocked over by the vehicle following that in which the MP was seated.
The farmers have called for a FIR filed against the vehicle’s driver, and have threatened to gherao, or surround, the police station on October 10 if this is not done.
“A programme was organised on behalf of the Saini community to reward those who contributed to the fight against Covid… the event was scheduled to begin at 10 am. Then we got information farmers were gathering to create a disturbance,” Sub Inspector Dhoom Singh told reporters.
“We got to know they were trying to break barricades to enter the event venue. After the event got over, the minister headed to the next event. We will investigate the matter and action will be taken against whoever is responsible – farmers or anyone else,” he added.
Nayab Saini, the Kurukshetra MP, and other party leaders, including Haryana’s Mining and Transport Minister, Mool Chand Sharma, who was the Chief Guest, were inside attending the event.
As the event concluded, and the convoy of cars exited the area, one of the vehicles allegedly hit a farmer; a large group had gathered outside to protest the BJP leaders’ visit.
This comes four days after eight people, including four farmers, died in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri after a convoy of cars, which included one owned by Union Minister Ajay Mishra and allegedly driven by his son Ashish, rammed into a group of farmers holding a peaceful protest.
Yesterday a video of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident emerged online – a clearer and longer version of the clip that was circulated earlier this week – and showed a SUV that seems to deliberately ram into a group of farmers walking peacefully with their backs to the vehicle.
The video – which NDTV has not been able to independently verify – seems to contest claims by the Mishras that their vehicle – a Mahindra Thar – came under attack by the farmers.
Ashish Mishra, whom the farmers allege was behind the wheel of one of the vehicle, has been accused of murder and negligence in a FIR filed by the police.
However, the authorities have yet to arrest or question him.
Ajay Mishra, his father, is the junior Home Minister in the Narendra Modi government, and oversees law and order, and policing issues, for the country.
Mr Mishra, who has resisted calls for him to resign, met his boss, Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday, after which government sources also said that he would not resign.
Both Ajay Mishra and Ashish Mishra have denied any involvement with the deaths of the farmers.
Yesterday UP Police’s Additional Director-General, Prashant Kumar, told NDTV “no one will be spared… Technical evidence is permanent. It cannot be influenced.”
On Tuesday another top police official told NDTV the delay was because the force is “busy”.
Earlier today the Supreme Court demanded to know what steps the UP government had taken to arrest the accused, including Ashish Mishra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
The court also asked the state government to file a status report by tomorrow, specifying action taken and details of the eight people who were killed.