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India: At least 8 people killed in farmers' protest

Indian news agencies have reported that eight people lost their lives when a farmers' protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, took a violent turn.

According to reports, two SUVs allegedly rammed into a group of protesters during a visit by the state's Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra.

What do we know?

Citing a local police official, Indian news outlet NDTV reported that four of the eight killed were farmers, two having been run over by a vehicle in the union minister's convoy.

NDTV reported that the four other deaths were the occupants of the vehicle that had allegedly drove into the farmers.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear with differing versions of events.

The farmers, who had assembled in opposition to the visit of the BJP politicians in the district, said the violence started after vehicles in the convoy ran over protesters. Images on social media also showed some of the vehicles set on fire.