Rail Roko agitation: Protests can be intensified till justice is secured in Lakhimpur case, says SKM

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2021-10-18 23:49:09

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Farmers block railway tracks as a part of the Samyukt Kisan Morchas Rail Roko protest demanding the dismissal and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in reference to the Oct. 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, in Bahadurgarh

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella physique of farmer unions spearheading the agitation in opposition to the Centre’s three agri legal guidelines held ‘rail roko’ protest throughout the nation over Lakhimpur violence on Monday. The six hour protest was in demand of the the dismissal and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in reference to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

The farmers in Punjab and Haryana squatted on rail tracks as a part of the six-hour ‘rail roko’. The stir disrupted the motion of trains in each the states, inflicting inconvenience to passengers who could possibly be seen ready for lengthy hours with their baggage.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had appealed to farmers throughout the nation to take part within the protest.

The protest handed off peacefully in Haryana, the state’s police stated. The impression of the protest was seen within the type of blockades of railway tracks at 47 areas throughout the state that hindered the motion of trains inflicting inconvenience to passengers, a Haryana Police spokesperson stated.

The ‘rail roko’ name didn’t have any impression within the districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Narnaul and Nuh in Haryana. No violent incident was reported within the state, the spokesperson stated

Protests had been held at many locations, together with Punjab’s Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Moga, Patiala and Ferozepur and Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Jind, Karnal and Hisar.

A whole bunch of protesting farmers and villagers descended on expressways in Noida and Better Noida on Monday, briefly disrupting vehicular motion on key stretches, officers stated.

Protesting farmers, together with girls, raised slogans in opposition to the BJP-led authorities on the Centre and demanded the arrest of Minister of State for Residence Affairs Ajay Mishra. Safety personnel had been deployed at railway stations within the wake of the ‘rail roko’ protest.

Farmers sat on rail tracks in a number of sections, together with the Ferozepur-Fazilka part in Ferozepur metropolis and the Ferozepur-Ludhiana part at Ajitwal in Moga, officers stated.

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In an announcement, the SKM had stated that “protests can be intensified till justice is secured” within the Lakhimpur Kheri case. 

Through the ‘rail roko’ protest, practice site visitors can be stopped from 10 am until 4 pm on Monday, the SKM had stated.

“To press for its demand for MoS Residence Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, in order that justice will be secured within the Lakhimpur Kheri bloodbath, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has introduced a nation-wide Rail Roko programme,” it had stated.

“SKM put out a name to its constituents to cease rail site visitors for six hours on October 18 between 10 am and 4 pm. The SKM asks for this motion to be taken up peacefully, with none destruction and injury of any type to any railway property,” the SKM had stated.

At Ludhiana railway station, one of many busiest in Punjab, an individual headed for Jodhpur rued that he got here to know concerning the protest after reaching the station.

He appealed to farmer leaders to put siege on the residences of politicians fairly than harassing the widespread man. “They need to take into consideration the general public.”

A person ready for his practice at Ludhiana station along with his household stated they should rush for Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as one in every of their kin has died.

At Patiala railway station, Dinesh Joshi searched frantically for milk and scorching water for his youngster because the practice he was travelling in had stopped because of the farmers’ protest.

A gaggle of protesters put up a banner with ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ written on it in entrance of a practice and compelled it to cease at Moga. Additionally they carried photographs of 4 farmers killed within the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Demanding the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee normal secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher on Monday stated the KMSC held protests at 20 locations in 11 districts of Punjab.

Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) normal secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan stated the protests had been held at 26 locations in 16 districts of the state.

4 of the eight individuals who died within the violence on October 3 had been farmers, allegedly knocked down by a car carrying BJP employees. Offended farmers then allegedly lynched some folks within the automobiles. The opposite useless included two BJP employees and their driver. 

Farmers have claimed that Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was in one of many automobiles, an allegation denied by him and Ajay Mishra who say they’ll produce proof to show he was at an occasion at the moment. Ashish Mishra was arrested within the case on October 9.

(with PTI inputs)

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