Rail Roko Protest Called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha Against Minister Over Lakhimpur Kheri Farmers’ Killing
The farmers’ body has called for a six-hour-long nationwide “Rail roko” agitation, pressing for Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest over Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur incident in which his son has been arrested.
The umbrella body of farmers’ unions, Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that they will hold a nationwide peaceful protest from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday for justice in Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Farmers in Punjab and several other places were seen sitting on railway tracks as part of their protest. Railway officials told NDTV, four sections of the Ferozepur division were blocked by the protesters. The Ferozepur-Fazilka section in Ferozepur and the Ferozepur-Ludhiana section at Moga’s Ajitwal were also affected, he said.
Lucknow police said that action will be taken against those participating in the rail roko andolan and stringent National Security Act will be invoked against protestors who try to disrupt normalcy.
Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of state for Home Ajay Mishra’s son has been arrested in the case, but the SKM say that as long as the minister is in the government justice cannot be delivered in the matter.
On October 3, eight people, including four farmers, three BJP workers and a journalist were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri when a car belonging to the minister ran over them. The farmers alleged that the minister’s son Ashish mowed down the protesting farmers.
A statement from the farmers’ body, “He (Ajay Mishra) promoted hatred, enmity and communal disharmony between Hindus and Sikhs in his speeches. It is his vehicles that were used to mow down peaceful protesters. He harboured his son and accomplices even as the police was issuing summons to Ashish Mishra.”
However, the union minister had denied all the allegations saying that he and his son were not present at the site of the incident. His son has reiterated the same and refuted the allegations.
Ashish Mishra’s arrest came after the Supreme Court pulled up the UP government.