Violence in Lakhimpur Kheri | Punjab Farmers, stop trains

Punjab Rail roko News

Farmers across Punjab and Haryana squatted on train tracks Monday morning as part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s six-hour ‘rail roko’ protest seeking the resignation and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The protest disrupted train service in both states, causing inconvenience for travellers who were observed waiting with their luggage for extended periods.
Farmers believe Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles at the time of the incident, which he and Ajay Mishra reject, stating they have evidence indicating he was at an event at the time.
Protests were held across Punjab and Haryana, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Moga, Patiala, and Ferozepur in Punjab and Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Jind, Karnal, and Hisar in Haryana.
Farmers protesting, including women, yelled anti-BJP slogans and demanded the arrest of Ajay Mishra. Following the ‘rail roko’ demonstration, railway stations were guarded.
Farmers sat on train tracks in numerous locations, including Ferozepur-Fazilka in Ferozepur city and Ferozepur-Ludhiana in Ajitwal, Moga.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella group of farmer unions driving the agitation against the Centre’s three agri-laws, stated in a statement that “protests will be heightened until justice is justice secured” in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
On October 18, the SKM announced that all train operations would be suspended from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the ‘Rail Roko’ protest. “To advocate for the dismissal and arrest of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has announced a nationwide Rail Roko campaign,” the statement read.
Four of the eight victims killed in the October 3 violence were farmers. They were allegedly struck by a vehicle carrying Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. The vehicles were then supposedly lynched by enraged farmers.
Two BJP workers and their driver were also killed. Farmers allege Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation he and his brother Ajay Mishra deny, claiming they can show evidence proving he was at an event during that period. On October 9, Ashish Mishra was detained in connection with the case.

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