Police Arrest Son of Indian Minister in connection with Farmer Murder

Indian police say they have arrested the son of a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The man was named a suspect, days after nine people were killed in deadly demonstrations throughout the year.

Tens of thousands of farmers have protested against agricultural laws (UU) in northern India.

Four farmers were killed on Sunday (10/10) when a car belonging to Junior Interior Minister Ajay Mishra rammed into a group of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, a town in Uttar Pradesh state.

Peasant leaders accused Mishra’s son of being in the car when it hit the protesters, but Mishra denied this.

The driver and three members of the Bharatiya Janata Party who were in a car were all killed by demonstrators in the violence that erupted after the incident.

Police also said they had found the body of a local journalist but gave no further details on how he died. [vm/ft]

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