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India minister’s son arrested over deaths at farmer protest

LUCKNOW, India: Ashish Mishra, son of junior residence minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations he ran over and killed 4 protesting farmers final week, a senior police official mentioned.

The farmers, killed on Oct three within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, had been a part of India’s longest-running agricultural protest, opposing legal guidelines they worry will cut back assured minimal costs for his or her crops.

Police arrested Mishra late on Saturday (Oct 9) after questioning him for greater than 10 hours, mentioned Deputy Inspector Basic Upendra Agarwal, who’s heading the probe. Mishra had not responded to a police summons on Friday.

“We’re taking Ashish Mishra in custody. He was not cooperating within the investigation,” Agarwal mentioned.

Mishra’s lawyer and father couldn’t be reached for remark.

Farmers say the automobile that crashed into the protesters, about 130km north of the state’s capital Lucknow, was owned by the son of the junior residence minister.

Ajay Mishra Teni mentioned on the time his son was not on the website and {that a} automobile pushed by “our driver” had misplaced management and hit the farmers after “miscreants” pelted it with stones and attacked it with sticks and swords.

The incident sparked protests that claimed 4 extra lives, together with that of an area journalist.

Tens of hundreds of farmers have camped for months on main highways to New Delhi to oppose the three legal guidelines. They are saying the laws will erode a longstanding mechanism that provides farmers a minimal assured worth for his or her rice and wheat.

The federal government says the legal guidelines will assist growers get higher costs.

The protests have gained momentum in Uttar Pradesh forward of a state meeting election subsequent 12 months, with a gaggle of influential farmer leaders ratcheting up strain on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities to roll again the legal guidelines.


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