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Eight farmer protestors killed by union minister’s son’s vehicle during a peaceful protest

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Eight Farmers Lakhimpur Kheri,

Uttar Pradesh,

HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on 4th October 2021 regarding eight protesting farmers being killed by the car of Mr. Ashish Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Ashish Mishra is the son of Ajay Mishra (Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs.

Thousands of farmers protested peacefully when the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya was present as a chief guest in Tikunia on 3rd October 2021. Mr. Ashish Mishra reached the venue by his car to welcome the Deputy CM. The farmers have alleged that one of the cars that belong to the minister’s son motorcade intentionally ran over and crushed farmers resulting in the death of eight farmers.   About 20 days prior to this incident, Mr. Ajay Mishra, Minister of State of Home Affairs, gave a speech in which he said that the farmer protest was a protest of "10-15 people which would take only two minutes to make them fall in line". After his speech, the farmers have been protesting against him. One of the farmers’ unions, SKM, has alleged that as per their knowledge a deceased farmer was shot dead by Mr. Ashish Mishra.

These activities clearly emphasize the violation of Article-1 of the Universal Declaration of HRD-1998, which states that everyone has the individual right to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels, and Article 12.2 which states that the State shall ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence.

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