Police arrest son of Indian minister for murder of peasant

Raknow (AP), India — Indian police say Saturday the son of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deputy government minister is deadly for a year-round demonstration by tens of thousands of farmers who oppose controversial agricultural law. Nine people were arrested as suspects killed in the escalation. In northern India, police said.

Four farmers died on Sunday when a car owned by Ajnai Mishra Junior Home Minister ran a group of farmers protesting in the town of Lakinpur Keri, Uttar Pradesh, officials and farm leaders said. ..

Farm leaders claimed that Mishra’s son was in the car when he attacked the protesters, but Mishra denied it. His driver in the car and three members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party were all killed by protesters by beating them with sticks in the violence that occurred after the incident.

Police officer Upendra Agarwal said on Saturday that Ashish Misra was arrested after an all-day cross-examination in the town. Four of them. “

His father, Ajay Mishra, said his son was innocent and he did not exist.

The arrest took place the day after the Supreme Court of India criticized the state government for failing to arrest Ashish Mishra, whose murder criminal case was being investigated by police. On Friday, Mishra had police wait hours for the cross-examination and then sent a message that he was ill and unsuccessful.

Peasant leader Darshan Pal and opposition parliamentary leader Achilles Singh demanded the removal of his father from the Modi administration.

Earlier this week, police said they had arrested six people and filed criminal charges against 14 people, including the minister’s son, in connection with the deaths of four farmers. The BJP also filed criminal accusations against farmers for the deaths of its members and car drivers, said Arvind Chaurasia, district director.

Police also said they had recovered the body of a local journalist who had been violent on Sunday, but did not provide details on how he was killed.

Violence showed an escalation of ongoing protests against agricultural laws that farmers said would destroy their lives. Protests have continued since the government passed the law in September last year, making it one of Modi’s biggest challenges.

Last week, thousands of farmers gathered on the edge of the capital, New Delhi, to commemorate a year of demonstrations. The government says legislation needs to be changed to modernize agriculture and increase production through private investment. But farmers say the law will devastate their income by ending guaranteed prices and force them to sell their crops to businesses at lower prices.