Another Lakhimpur Kheir in the making

Vehicle in Haryana BJP MP’s convoy hits farmer in Ambala district

Farmers protesting at Naraingarh in Haryana’s Ambala district after a protester was injured when a vehicle of BJP MP Nayab Singh Saini allegedly hit him on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Four days after the Lakhimpur Kheri violence left eight people, including four farmers, dead, a protesting farmer was injured at Naraingarh in Ambala district of neighbouring Haryana when he was allegedly hit by a vehicle in the convoy of Kurukshetra BJP MP Nayab Singh Saini on Thursday.

According to South Asian Wire, BJP MP Saini has refuted the allegations and said in fact, his driver was attacked by the farmers. Cross-complaints have been filed by both the parties, police said.

The lawmaker was in Naraingarh to attend a social event organised by a local Saini Sabha, where Haryana sports minister Sandeep Singh was also invited but was said to be busy in Ellenabad. Instead, state transport minister Moolchand Sharma was the chief guest at the event to honour corona-warriors.

Farmers alleged that a protester was hit by a Toyota Innova in the convoy when Saini was leaving the event, fearing their protest.

Protesters demand police action

Malkit Singh, the district president of the Gurnam Singh Charuni-led Bharatiya Kisan Union faction, said: “A serious accident was averted. Farmer Bawan Preet Singh of Yamunanagar received minor injuries on a leg and was not taken to any hospital.”

“Saini left the venue before we could reach. He was not in the vehicle that hit the farmer. We’ve submitted a complaint to the Naraingarh DSP for action, otherwise we’ll gherao the police station on October 10,” Malkit Singh said.

However, Singh, along with other farm leaders, asserted that a video of the incident is not available and they are trying to arrange it.

In the complaint, the injured farmer has alleged that Innova driver Rajiv Kumar tried to run him over with the intention of murder and he sustained injuries after he was kicked away. “He told us that if we protest again in Naraingarh, he’ll turn it into another Lakhimpur Kheri, as instructed by the MP,” the complaint reads.

My driver was attacked: Saini

Hitting back at the farmers, the MP has alleged that no farmer was hit, instead, his driver was attacked by the protestors and he has filed a police complaint.

“I, along with the transport minister, was leading the convoy in my car, followed by an escort and an Innova that was left behind. Farmers followed it thinking that I’m at the back seat and instead attacked my driver, who was rescued by my staff,” he told HT.

He added, “Farm unions are most active on social media nowadays and they should release the videos. We have a few of the incident and are arranging more.”

The MP assured of sending the complaint’s copy and videos through his staff, but it was not received till the filing of this report.

SSP Hamid Akhtar remained unavailable for a comment, while Dhoom Singh, station in-charge, Naraingarh police station said, “We have received both the complaints. No FIR has been lodged and the matter is under investigation.”

 

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