Agra : A large number of farmers – led by BKU ( Swaraj ) -protesting against ” false cases against them in UP’s Kasganj district at the Kotwali police station were allegedly attacked by local BJP workers on Mon day night . The incident was purportedly caught on video , with images of farmers drenched in blood going viral on social media on Tuesday . Police resorted to lathi – charge in a bid to ” control the situation .
” We received at least 47 injured people , ” said AP Kishore , chief medical officer ( CMO ) of Kasganj . Farmers claimed the number of injured cases to be ” much higher , at over 100 ” .
National president of BKU ( Swaraj ) , Kuldeep Pandey , claimed that a group of people led by BJP district president KP Singh and party’s kisan morcha district head Devendra Singh Lodhi attacked the farmers inside the police station with sticks and rods .
Pandey said , ” Over 100 people have been hurt . Around 40 farmers have suffered head injuries and fractures . Some received treatment in Kasganj while others were referred to Aligarh . “
Police , on Tuesday , registered three FIRS includ ing one by the SHO , naming 52 identified and 150 uni dentified farmers .
The other FIR has been registered by Lodhi against union leaders and 50 unknown people . An FIR was also registered on the complaint of BKU ( Swaraj ) against BJP’s KP Singh , Lodhi and 150 others .
BKU ( Swaraj ) leader Sujeet Satyadarshi said , ” The attack on farmers was pre – planned . We had been protesting at the police station since morning . Later in the evening , power supply in the area was cut off BJP members then barged into the police station and launched an attack on us . Soon , police resorted to lathicharge , targeting our workers . BJP workers along with the cops in large numbers also attacked farmers on the road near the protest site . “
SP ( Kasganj ) BBGTS Murthy , meanwhile , said , ” People associated with a farmer’s union were pro testing at the police station . Despite repeated at tempts to convince them , the protest did not end . In the evening , they had a fight with a group of local residents . To control the situation , police had to lathi charge the people attacking each other . The entire matter is being investigated in detail . So far , no one has been arrested . “
CMO Kishore said , ” Medical examination of 47 people was conducted in presence of senior adminisration and police officials . Sixteen of them had grievous injuries and were referred to a high medical centre in Aligarh . “
KP Singh said , ” Kuldeep Pan union . The allegations he has made against BJP party workers are wrong . “
Kasganj MLA Devendra Singh Rajput added , ” Kuldeep has 28 criminal cases pending against him . He is an extortionist and has nothing to do with the in terest of the farmers . “