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'This is Killing Raj': Mamata attacks Yogi govt over Lakhimpur Kheri violence

BJP didn't want the truth to come out, says the Bengal CM

Mamata-banerjee-polls-salil-b West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Salil Bera

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday, saying a 'Killing Raj' is going on in the state.

"This is a very sad and unfortunate incident. I have no words to condemn this incident. The BJP government does not believe in democracy. They only want autocracy. Is this 'Ram Raj? No, this is 'Killing Raj," Banerjee said.

"What is going on in the country is not democracy but autocracy. Farmers were brutally butchered, and they (BJP) didn't want the truth to come out. That is why they have imposed Section 144 (CrPC) there. People will impose Section 144 on them in the days to come. They are stopping delegations from visiting the locals there," she said.

Eight people were killed—four farmers allegedly run over and four people in a convoy of BJP workers who were lynched—on Sunday as violence erupted during a farmers' protest.

Farmer leaders had claimed that the minister's son Ashish Mishra was in one of the cars which they alleged knocked down some protesters.

However, Ajay Mishra said he and his son were not present at the spot as alleged by some farmer leaders and he has photo and video evidence to prove it.

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