Son of India government minister arrested, accused of killing farmers

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LUCKNOW, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Ashish Mishra, son of junior house minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations he ran over and killed 4 protesting farmers remaining week, a senior police reputable mentioned.

The farmers, killed on Oct. 3 within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, have been a part of India’s longest-running agricultural protest, opposing regulations they worry will cut back assured minimal costs for his or her vegetation.

Police arrested Mishra past due on Saturday after wondering him for greater than 10 hours, mentioned Deputy Inspector General Upendra Agarwal, who’s heading the probe. Mishra had no longer replied to a police summons on Friday.

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

Mishra’s attorney and father may just no longer be reached for remark.

Farmers say the auto that crashed into the protesters, about 130 km (80 miles) north of the state’s capital Lucknow, used to be owned via the son of the junior house minister.

Ajay Mishra Teni mentioned on the time his son used to be no longer on the website and {that a} automotive pushed via “our driver” had misplaced regulate 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 a neighborhood journalist.

Tens of hundreds of farmers have camped for months on primary highways to New Delhi to oppose the 3 regulations. They say the regulation will erode a longstanding mechanism that provides farmers a minimal assured value for his or her rice and wheat.

The govt says the regulations will lend a hand growers recuperate costs.

The protests have received momentum in Uttar Pradesh forward of a state meeting election subsequent yr, with a bunch of influential farmer leaders ratcheting up force on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s govt to roll again the regulations.

Reporting via Saurabh Sharma; Writing via Nidhi Verma; Editing via William Mallard

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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