Eight Killed as Tensions Around India’s Farm Protests Worsen
Eight people were killed on Sunday in an incident that protesting farmers said was the fault of the son of a prominent Indian leader, as nearly yearlong demonstrations against a government revamp of the country’s agriculture laws threatened to enter a more volatile phase….
The incident on Sunday took place in the Uttar Pradesh district of Lakhimpur Kheri after a series of run-ins in recent weeks between protesters carrying black flags and the elder Mr. Mishra and his supporters. Mr. Mishra, who represents the district in Parliament, warned the protesters to “behave, or we will teach you how to behave. It will take just two minutes,” according to local newspaper reports.
In an apparent response to the statement, protesters tried on Sunday to block a visit by Mr. Mishra and a state minister from Mr. Modi’s party. As Mr. Mishra’s convoy was traveling past the site, a vehicle occupied by his son and others deliberately plowed into the farmers, according to farmers’ union leaders….