Nine people have died after a car owned by a junior minister allegedly ran over protesters in a deadly escalation of demonstrations against agriculture laws in India.
Officials said four farmers lost their lives when junior home minister Ajay Mishra’s vehicle is believed to have hit them in the Uttar Pradesh town of Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday.
Mr Mishra said his driver and three members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in the car and were then killed by protesters as violence broke out after the incident.
Why are farmers protesting?
The protests initially started when the government passed the new agriculture laws last September that farmers say will shatter their livelihoods – and fresh protests have spread to New Delhi as more information about the deaths emerged.
Last week, thousands of farmers gathered at the edges of the capital New Delhi to mark one year of demonstrations.
The government says the changes in the laws were needed to modernise…