The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress Party, and Shiv Sena, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition, declared a Maharastra bandh on October 11 to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and ordered the detention of the accused, NCP state chief Jayant Patil declared on Wednesday.
“Maha Vikas Aghadi declares a statewide bandh on October 11 against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident,” Minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil said. Providing further details, Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil revealed the state cabinet has displayed sorrow over the Lakhimpur incident and remembered those who lost their lives during the incident.
On Sunday, eight people lost their lives in the clash that emerged amid the farmers’ protest in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. The farmers had gathered to oppose Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s trip to Banbirpur.
Banbirpur is the native place of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra Teni, the MP from Lakhimpur Kheri. The episode happened in Tikunia village, linked to Banbirpur by a road that protesting farmers occupied. The farmers’ bodies alleged that four farmers identified as Nakshatra Singh (55), Daljeet Singh (35), Lavepreet Singh (20), and Gurvendra Singh (18) perished as vehicles knocked the protesters down on the Tikunia-Banbirpur road.
The other four deaths were from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) camp. They were travelling in a car and were supposedly pulled out of the vehicle and mobbed by the protesters.