Mumbai: The Maharashtra Vikas Agadi (MVA) alliance – comprising NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena – has called for a statewide bandh on Monday (October 11) to protest the killing of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on October 3, said Uttar Pradesh police. The Uttar Pradesh Police last week filed an FIR for murder against Ashish Mishra.
“The BJP-led central government has allowed the loot of agricultural produce through the three newly-enacted farm laws and now the kin of its minister is killing farmers. We have to show solidarity with the cultivators,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik on Sunday as he urged the state residents to support the bandh.
Trade organizations in Pune have also expressed their support for Monday’s Maharashtra bandh called by the ruling MVA constituents and other outfits to protest against the violence against farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Mumbai Police has said that strict patrolling will be held in view of statewide bandh. “Striking reserves to be deployed at strategic points, with 3 companies of SRPF, 500 Home Guards and 700 men from Local Arms units,” said the cops.