STF engaged to probe Lakhimpur violence

Lucknow: The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police was roped in on Monday to probe the Lakhimpur violence in which nine people, including four farmers and one journalist, died.
The investigation was ordered by Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, police sources said.
Around two dozen people are being probed on the basis of a video of the incident that went viral. So far, six people have been arrested and more are likely to be nabbed soon.
On Sunday, eight people including four farmers were crushed to death and several others were injured by a convoy of three SUVs, one allegedly being driven by Ashish, son of Union minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni.
While refuting Ashish’s presence, the Minister claimed his own vehicle, which was being driven by his driver, was pelted with stones due to which it overturned. Later, the driver and three BJP workers were allegedly lynched and their vehicle was torched.
He alleged that a Sikh extremist group was behind the violence.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farmers, identified the farm protesters who died as Harjeet Singh, Satwinder Singh, Satnam Singh and Agyat Lavra belonging to Bahraich and Kheri districts.
Internet services in Lakhimpur have been stopped by telecom companies on the direction of district authorities since last night while educational institutions are closed.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a high-level probe and appealed to people to stay calm.