Police in India said on Saturday they have arrested the son of a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government after nine people died in protests against new agricultural laws. per AP.
big picture: This is the latest escalation in large-scale demonstrations against laws, which were introduced in 2020 to regulate India’s agriculture. Farmers say that this has led to a fall in the prices of the crop and has benefited big companies.
description: Officials said a car of junior home minister Ajay Mishra “rammed” over a crowd of protesters in Lakhimpur Kheri, a town in Uttar Pradesh state, last Sunday, killing four farmers, the AP notes.
- Minister Farmer leaders denied the allegations That at that time his son Ashish Mishra was in the car. Police said that Ashish Mishra failed to provide evidence during the day-long interrogation that he was not there, according to the AP.
- The minister said the protesters thrashed his driver and three members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who were in the vehicle. al jazeera report.
- Police also recovered the body of a local journalist from the spot, though they are yet to reveal the details of his death.