Journalist killed reporting India farmer protests ‘risked life for £5’

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The family of slain Indian freelance journalist Raman Kashyap has said he lost his life trying to earn only Rs 500 (£5), his usual pay for each project he appears on TV.

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Kashyap was one of eight people killed in Sunday’s violence in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh when the son of a Union minister, Ajay Mishra, plowed one of three cars plowed through a group of farmer protesters at Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. allegedly driven. Four farmers were killed in the incident, while four others died in subsequent clashes.

Talking to Indian Publications impression, Mr Kashyap’s father Ram Dulare said his son chose journalism because “he wanted to make a difference in the world. He wanted to do some social work and felt that reporting was a way to do something for the society,” he said.


Kashyap had been working for a local television channel for over a year and had gone to an event organized by Mr Mishra to cover farmers’ protests against the deputy chief minister’s visit.

Video purportedly filmed at the site of the incident showed an SUV crushing a crowd of standing protesters, besides bloody scenes of the injured.

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Kashyap’s father told local media that the son seemed to have lost his life trying to do his job. “When three or four cars came… he must have been shooting some pictures… the cars ran over the people. My son died in that,” she said Hindu.

Farmers in India have been protesting for more than a year against three new agricultural laws.

The Union minister, a cabinet colleague of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has denied allegations that his son Ashish’s convoy was plowed through farmers’ protests and blamed the farmers for the deaths of BJP workers and a driver.

Mr Mishra had earlier included Kashyap while counting the slain BJP workers. Kashyap’s family has lodged a complaint with the police that their son was a journalist who was covering the protests. times of India.

The Editors Guild of India has demanded a court-monitored special inquiry into the circumstances that led to Kashyap’s death.

Farmer leaders have given the Uttar Pradesh government a week to arrest Mr Mishra’s son Ashish, who was allegedly driving one of the three cars, which was plowed through a group of farmer protesters. On Wednesday, farmers’ unions demanded Mr. Mishra’s resignation.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a judicial inquiry into Sunday’s violence and registered a case with the police on the basis of farmers’ complaints.

Meanwhile, tension continued in Lakhimpur Kheri, where the local administration lifted prohibitory orders after three days and allowed political leaders to visit the area in groups of five on Wednesday.

Congress party’s opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, along with his party chief ministers Charanjit Singh Channi and Bhupesh Baghel left for Lakhimpur Kheri after a brief protest at the Lucknow airport.

Opposition leaders claimed that the police wanted them to travel to Lakhimpur Kheri in police vehicles and not on their own.

Before the prohibitory orders were relaxed, police arrested Mr. Gandhi’s sister Priyanka when she tried to visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday. Ms Gandhi had termed the imprisonment as “illegal detention”.

Mr. Baghel had staged a sit-in on Tuesday after he was stopped by the police on his way to Lakhimpuri Kheri.

With the easing of restrictions, delegations of other opposition parties including BSP, SP and AAP are also likely to visit the area.


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