December 6, 2021, 9:21 pm
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Farmers in Punjab are blocking railway movement as part of a ‘rail roko’ protest against the Lakhimpur tragedy

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Farmers in Punjab sat on train tracks early Monday as part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s six-hour ‘rail roko’ protest seeking Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s removal and arrest in connection with violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.

The protestors had stopped four sections of the Ferozepur division, according to a railway officer. According to the official, the Ferozepur-Fazilka portion in Ferozepur city and the Ferozepur-Ludhiana section near Ajitwal in Moga were also impacted.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher sought the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra on Monday, saying the KMSC will stage rallies in 20 locations across 11 districts of the state.

Four of the eight individuals killed in the October 3 violence were farmers who were reportedly hit by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. The cars were then supposedly lynched by enraged farmers.

Two BJP workers and their driver were among the other victims.

Farmers believe Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, which he and his brother, Ajay Mishra, deny. They claim they can present proof to indicate he was at an event at the time.

On October 9, Ashish Mishra was detained in connection with the case.